The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Simranjit Singh Mann on Wednesday passed a resolution seeking a separate state of ‘Jat-land’ by increasing the size of Punjab. This came two days after Mann, a vocal seeker of a separate Sikh nation ‘Khalistan’, declared that Sikhs could not chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ (Hail, Mother India) as they “do not worship women in any form’.
The resolution also comes weeks after a violent agitation by Jats for job reservation in Haryana left at least 30 people dead.
During his party’s Hola Mohalla conference here, Mann also accused Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal of “destroying the Panthic traditions”. In other resolutions passed on the occasion, the SAD (A) demanded that the Sikh detainees who had completed the “normal” length of life sentence be released.
“Badal got the Akal Takht to pardon Dera Sacha Sauda chief, forcing Sikh organisations to appoint new jathedars at Sarbat Khalsa,” Mann said. He stressed the need for voting out the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the next assembly elections and punishing those involved in the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.