AAP spokesperson Sukhpal Khaira has slammed the state government’s move of not giving the radicals permission to hold Sarbat Khalsa at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda.
Radical leaders on Tuesday called off the congregation. “Stopping over 2,000 Sarbat Khalsa activists in Punjab shows there is an undeclared emergency in Punjab,” said Khaira while addressing the media in Jalandhar. The Badals and the SAD, once votary of human rights and opponent of “emergency”, have taken a complete U-turn to muzzle the voice of the Sikh community, charged Khaira.
“It is illegal and unconstitutional. ,” said Khaira. This is a direct attack on the fundamental rights of all citizens as enshrined in our constitution regarding freedom of speech and expression, said Khaira.
“Such large-scale arrests of Sarbat Khalsa leaders and activists show that the Badals have imposed an undeclared emergency in Punjab,” said Khaira. “They are misusing the police to settle scores with their political opponents,” he added.
It is saddening to note that historic institutions such as the Sarbat Khalsa, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee ( SGPC) and the Akal Takht are being destroyed by the so-called ‘panthics’ and Akali government themselves.
“It appears that fascist, racist and fundamental organisations such as the RSS have more liberty in Punjab under the Akalis, than the peace-loving Sikhs and Punjabis,” he said. “It is a matter of record that the RSS had organised an armed show of strength in Mansa in June 2014 vitiating peace,” said Khaira.
“But, the Badals remained a mute spectator and did nothing against such anti national elements,” he said.
“I am not a votary of agenda of Sarbat Khalsa or its organisers, but as an aware citizen, I cannot be a mute spectator to the brazen violations of human rights of the people of Punjab,” said the AAP leader.
DAL KHALSA QUESTIONS BAN ON SARBAT KHALSA
Radical group Dal Khalsa questioned the state government’s decision to ban Sikh congregation Sarbat Khalsa which was scheduled to be held at Talwandi Sabo.
The party has asked chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to explain how the meeting would have disturbed the hard-earned peace in the state.
Slamming the government for ordering crackdown on activists, party’s former president HS Dhami said, “The government is creating fear in the minds of people by misusing state machinery.”
He said, even if their groups had differences and disagreements on certain issues with the organisers of Sarbat Khalsa, they strongly believed that the latter had every right to convene any religious gathering peacefully.