Dal Khalsa announces to protest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Jan 13, 2015 21:54 IST

The Dal Khalsa on Tuesday termed the Republic Day as "betrayal day for Sikhs" and said that it had planned to organise public rallies at four cities in the state on January 26 to protest against "constitutional injustices".

The announcement was made at a meeting of the senior party leaders held here on Tuesday. Informing the media about their proposed sit-in, the party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said their party workers carrying black flags would organise peaceful sit-in in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Moga on January 26 marking India's 65th Republic day.

Explaining as to why their group was calling for boycott of January 26 celebrations, Kanwar said the distinct identity of Sikhs was being subsumed under Article 25 (b) (2). Hindu laws were being imposed on Sikhs, Punjab's river waters were being looted by subverting the Constitution under the garb of freedom of expression. The Indian Constitution allowed "gurudom" to mushroom and challenged fundamentals of Sikhism and there were no equal laws and rules for Sikh detainees, he said.

Giving a call to Sikh brethren to stay away from Republic Day celebrations, he said: "Let's not take part in the celebrations till 'constitutional wrongs' are not corrected to the satisfaction of Sikhs."

He said 64 years had passed and no government at the Centre had ever tried to address the contentious issues of Sikhs related to their distinct identity.

The Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar Gaini Balwant Singh Nandgarh too had given a call for boycott of Republic Day celebrations until Sikh detainees, who have served their jail sentence, were not released.

Opposing the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee's (SGPC) move to remove jathedar Nandgarh, Kanwar said: "SGPC on the orders of its political bosses is going to oust jathedar Nandgarh because Sukhbir Badal wants to appease Sant Samaj and Nanaksar Samparda. Jathedar is being victimised due to vote-bank politics."

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