Different Sikh organisations on Monday flayed Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh for his “Khalistani sympathiser” remark against Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, saying the CM should show restrain while dealing with foreign dignitaries.
Dal Khalsa chief Harpal Singh Cheema said Sajjan was unnecessarily being dragged into a controversy. Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon, former professor of history at Panjab University, asked Amarinder to the development agenda rather than raising issues that create controversy. “Punjab has suffered so much in the past, and the Congress government should focus on fulfilling its pre-poll promises,” he added.
Maj Gen Kartar Singh Gill, who heads International Sikh Confederation, said: “Things said could have been conveyed in a better way. Silence communicates more in such sensitive matters,” he said.
Human rights lawyer Amar Singh Chahal said Punjab could learn a lot from Canada. “He should have welcomed Sajjan putting aside his ego, and the bad memories of the past. Instead, he should have raised the issues concerning Sikhs and Punjabis living in Canada and also a large number of Punjabis who wants to migrate to that nation,” he said.