Clear stance on jathedar’s remark on Khalistan: Mann to Badals, BJP

Mann said the Badals’ have been directly or indirectly appointing the Akal Takht jathedars and the SGPC heads for years but the issue of Khalistan is usually raised when the Akali Dal is out of power in Punjab
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Updated on Jun 08, 2020 10:18 PM IST
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ByAvtar Singh, Sangrur

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Punjab unit president and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann on Monday said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP must clear their stance on Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh’s statement on Khalistan as a separate state for Sikhs on the 36th anniversary of the Operation Bluestar.

AAP’s Punjab unit president and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann
AAP’s Punjab unit president and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann

Interacting with mediapersons in Sangrur, Mann said the Badals’ have been directly or indirectly appointing the Akal Takht jathedars and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) heads for years but the issue of Khalistan is usually raised when the Akali Dal is out of power in Punjab.

“It seems that SAD is exerting pressure on the BJP through such statements. When the Badals ruled Punjab for 10 years, no Akal Takht jathedar ever raised the issue of Khalistan. We need to discuss the issues of our farmers, the youth and water. The state has already faced dark days due to political disturbance,” Mann said.

“The BJP should also tell the people whether it will continue its alliance with the SAD over this issue or not,” the Sangrur MP added.

“AAP is a secular party and we oppose demands like Khalistan. How will the Centre, which has already damaged the country’s federal structure, offer Khalistan?”


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Slamming the ‘Mission Fateh’ against the coronavirus, Mann alleged that the state government is hiding information on Covid-19 cases in a bid to project Punjab as virus-free.

“There is no proper Covid testing in Punjab. The states like Delhi and Maharashtra are recording more coronavirus patients since they are testing more. The opposition parties and the media are not being provided proper information on positive patients. The AAP will form local teams to check patients in villages and cities,” he said.

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