Punjab

AAP, Akalis parties with exploiting Sikh sentiment to promote personal interests

Devinder Singh Kohli / #kaumimarg .com | November 02, 2016 05:03 PM
AAP, Akalis parties with exploiting Sikh sentiment to promote personal interests

Chandigarh

Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday lashed out at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of exploiting Sikh sentiments by raking up the 1984 riots issue with an eye on the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.

“The Akalis have been ruling Punjab for nearly 10 years, and AAP has now been in power in Delhi for two years. But neither party even thought of the issue till this moment, when elections in Punjab are round the corner,” said the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief The Akalis, in fact, have a history of raising the issue only during election times and immediately forgetting all about it the moment elections are over, said Captain Amarinder, adding that AAP’s track record in sensationalizing events for promoting its vested interests needs no elaboration.

The 1984 riots were the darkest chapter in Sikh history, said Captain Amarinder, adding that though he had resigned from Parliament and the Congress over the issue, it was time now for Punjab to move forward.The people of Punjab are faced with other, more vital concerns, which the Akalis have failed to address all these years and which AAP seems to be clueless about, the Punjab Congress president asserted.Punjab is today gripped by a host of serious problems, ranging from unemployment to drug menace, declining industrial and economic growth, agrarian crisis etc, Captain Amarinder pointed out. “And yet, all these parties want to talk about is an issue which has absolutely no relevance for people today,” he added.Charging AAP, which had on Tuesday written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking reopening of the anti-Sikh riot cases in the next three months, with brazen opportunism, Captain Amarinder said had Arvind Kejriewal’s party been sincere in its intentions it would not have waited for the Punjab polls to take up the matter.

As for the Akalis, they have lost all moral and political right to throw mud at other parties considering their atrocious track record in Punjab since coming to power, the PPCC president said. Captain Amarinder, a staunch opponent of Operation Bluestar that culminated in the anti-Sikh riots, said it was the responsibility of all political parties contesting the coming Assembly polls to take on issues that impact the lives of the people of Punjab, who are looking for a turn of the tide to alleviate their sufferings.

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