The head of Damdami Taksal, a seminary involved in preaching of Sikhism, Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma issued a stern warning to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leadership for what he described as “dragging the name of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale for their petty political gains aimed at gaining power in Punjab”.
Though Dhuma’s attack was centered around AAP, he also issued a warning to other political parties against ‘using’ Bhindranwale’s for political benefits.
He said any statement issued against Bhindranwale would not be tolerated by the Sikh community. Bhindranwale was the head of the Taksal from 1977 to his death during ‘Operation Bluestar’ in June 1984 inside the Golden Temple complex. Like all radical Sikh groups, the Taksal views its former head as a ‘martyr of the quam’.
In a statement issued from the Taksal headquarters at Mehta Chowk, Dhuma said that before issuing any statement against Bhindranwale, the AAP leadership should also know about the religious history of Damdami Taksal and the sacrifices made by followers of the seminary.
“If a political party vigorously takes up issues and interests of Punjab and the ‘Sikh Raj’, then it is wholeheartedly welcome in the state. But a party like AAP has no concern for issues of Punjab and the Sikh community. AAP is trying to garner public support through misleading propaganda just for petty political gains,” he said, while asking the Sikhs to watch closely the activities of AAP, which was indulging in giving misleading statements and even instigating the people of the state.
The Taksal leader did not, however, specify to any particular statement of AAP on Bhindranwale.