Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has welcomed the tabling of a petition, seeking the recognition of violence against Sikhs in 1984 as 'genocide', in the Australian Parliament.
Talking to media persons, Badal said it was 'good' that the issue of carnage of Sikhs had come up in Australian Parliament. "It is a welcome move. It shows how the international community feels about organised mass killings of the Sikhs," he remarked.
He said it was unfortunate that successive Indian governments led by the Congress had been side-tracking the issue.
Badal expressed concern for the families of the riot victims but when asked why he had not joined the prayer meeting held in Darbar Sahib Amritsar by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) in the memory of the victims, he merely said that it was SGPC's show and not his party's.
Responding to another query, Badal said he would not be holding any political talks with the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper who is coming to on November 7. "The Canadian PM would be coming to Anandpur Sahib to pay obeisance at Sri Keshgarh Sahib and visit the Virasat-I-Khalsa memorial. His is purely a religious visit," he said.
He, however, remarked that if the Centre gave due share of funds, Punjab could be turned in to Canada. Criticising the UPA government for its "biased" stance against the state, he said it was not possible to achieve results in development unless there was a regular flow of money. "Congress has always remained prejudiced to Punjab", he alleged He predicted landslide win for the BJP in Himachal Pardesh.
Later, Badal attended the wedding of former MLA Lakhvir Singh Lodhinangal's son at a local marriage palace.