Punjab Cong MLA quits assembly in protest against sacrilege incidents

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran
  • Updated: Oct 18, 2015 19:06 IST
Congress MLA from Khadoor Sahib Ramanjit Singh Sikki on Sunday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Congress MLA from Khadoor Sahib Ramanjit Singh Sikki has quit the Punjab Vidhan Sabha in protest against the recent incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib across the state.

He sent copies of his resignation letter to the assembly speaker and the governor on Sunday.

In the letter written in Punjabi, Sikki said, “Keeping in view the recent incidents of sacrilege and the current scenario, I find myself helpless in correcting the situation. One such incident occurred in Baath village in my constituency, which has further hurt me deeply.”

He added: “Under the given circumstances, I do not wish to be part of this ‘jhoothi sarkar’ (a government that lies) and the Vidhan Sabha. Hence, being a true and devoted Sikh of the guru and understanding my moral responsibilities, I quit my Vidhan Sabha seat. Kindly accept my resignation.”

Sikki, a baptised Sikh, had defeated old Akali warhorse and former minister Ranjit Singh Brahmpura in the 2012 assembly polls (Brahmpura was later elected to the Lok Sabha from Khadoor Sahib constituency). He was the lone Congress candidate to emerge victorious from the four assembly seats of Tarn Taran district.

Sikki, who hails from Jalandhar district, is considered close to Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh and had organised a rally of the former CM in his constituency in August.

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