Sukhbir terms radical Sarbat Khalsa Cong-backed political gathering

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2015 18:55 IST
Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal adressing a press conference in Amritsar on Friday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday claimed that the radical Sarbat Khalsa held in Amritsar district on November 10 was purely a political gathering backed by the Punjab Congress.

Talking to media persons in Amritsar after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple, the Shiromani Akali Dal chief, who was accompanied by wife and Union food processing industries minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, said the purpose of the representative gathering was to create disturbances in Punjab with an eye on the assembly polls in 2017.

Sukhbir said peace and communal harmony was the top priority of his government and would continue to be so. The deputy CM said anti-Punjab forces were working at the behest of foreign hands, including agencies like the ISI. He said the state was working round the clock to expose their nefarious designs.

Sukhbir said the Sarbat Khalsa had a rich religious and historical background with a code of conduct and could not be organised in the fields. He said the representative gathering held by radicals was aimed at dividing society as per the Congress designs.

Sukhbir clarified that the Punjab government had no role in the functioning of the SGPC and Akal Takht. He said anti-Punjab forces challenged the supremacy of the Akal Takht by creating a ruckus at the Golden Temple, which was unfortunate.

When reminded about the recent visit by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to console the families of the two youths killed in police firing in Faridkot district, Sukhbir said no Congress leader ever visited the houses of the 1984 riot victims.

He said the Congress is bent on creating disturbances in the state with an eye on the assembly polls. He reminded Congress leaders that by creating a rift in communities, the Congress could not succeed in its political designs.

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