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Quit if you cannot protect state heritage: SAD to Navjot Sidhu

SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said “Sidhu has systematically discriminated against all religio-cultural projects completed by the previous government.”

punjab Updated: Sep 14, 2017 20:23 IST
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SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema
SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema (HT File Photo)

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday asked Punjab tourism minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who also holds charge of local bodies department, to quit from his post “if he cannot protect the rich heritage and culture of the state”.

In a statement, SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema accused Sidhu of refusing to pay maintenance charges for the upkeep of the Vadda Ghallughara monument at Kup Rohira in Sangrur. The monument commemorates the massacre of 35,000 Sikhs by Ahmed Shah Abadali’s army in 1762.

Cheema alleged that the minister had articulated the Congress government’s policy of wilful neglect of Sikh shrines and culture by stating immediately after taking over his ministry that Virasat-e-Khalsa at Anandpur Sahib was a white elephant.

“He has systematically discriminated against all religio-cultural projects completed by the previous government. The heritage street in Amritsar which leads to Darbar Sahab is decaying due to lack of proper maintenance,” said the SAD spokesperson.

Majithia slams govt over ‘invalid’ cheques

Former Akali minister Bikram Majithia said the Congress government was rubbing salt on the wounds of suicide victims’ families by handing over invalid compensation cheques to them.

“The government had recently played a cruel joke on the family of a suicide victim of Rampura Phul by handing it a cheque with an invalid account number. This shows the seriousness of the government on this sensitive issue,” he alleged. Majithia also urged the government to implement complete farm loan waiver immediately.