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‘Referendum 2020’ has no takers in Punjab, says Manish Tewari

He said,”The horrible memories of the dark decade of terrorism are too fresh in Punjabis’ memories to be forgotten. They will not let anybody fiddle with peace in the state.”

punjab Updated: Aug 09, 2018 10:14 IST
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Former Union minister Manish Tewari (HT File )

Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Manish Tewari said, on Wednesday, that the ‘Referendum 2020’ had no takers in Punjab.

“In fact, Referendum 2020 has no takers anywhere in the world. It is just a desperate bid by some people who want to stay in circulation for one reason or another,” he said.

Interacting with a group of reporters at the sidelines of a meeting at the residence of party leader Palwinder Singh Taggar, Tewari added, “The horrible memories of the dark decade of terrorism are too fresh in Punjabis’ memories to be forgotten. They will not let anybody fiddle with peace in the state.”

To a query on whether the ‘Referendum 2020’ was being supported by Pakistan’s ISI, the former Ludhiana MP said, “The ISI has been trying to stoke trouble in India right since Pakistan’s defeat in the 1971 war and it has never given up since.”

On the issue of forming a united opposition alliance in 2019, he said that the Congress party was in favour of a broad-based alliance of like-minded secular and progressive forces to defeat the BJP-led alliance. He expressed confidence that the alliance will fructify in the form of state-level seat adjustments across India.

Tewari refused to comment on developments happening within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), saying that it was its internal matter. On plans to contest the 2019 elections, Tewari added, “It is up to the party and whatever and wherever the party assigns me responsibility, I will gladly accept that.”

First Published: Aug 09, 2018 10:11 IST