Punjab Congress accuses Akalis for stoking religious flame

Chandigarh, November 1: Senior Congress leader and Punjab Rural and Urban Development Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa on Wednesday charged five-time Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal with stoking religious passions through Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to put the State on fire again for their vested political interests.

“Desperately looking for agenda after facing boycott by the people for sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and misuse of highest institutions of SGPC and Akal Takht Sahib, the Badals are out to put Punjab on fire again, the way the party had done in 1980,” said Bajwa.

It was on record that it was the SAD that had provided legitimacy to the killings by hailing such actions in the very beginning by adopting a resolution at its working committee meeting on August 20, 1980,” he said adding, “I can forward that resolution to the Badals.”

Bajwa said that the Badals were determined to exploit the issue of “‘mistakes” in the history book for Class XII of the Punjab School Education Board that has already been withdrawn on the orders of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. He pointed out that out of six members of the Expert Committee, who had been entrusted with responsibility of preparing this book, four were internationally recognised historians and again, two of them had further distinction of being the Sikh historians.

“The Committee was chaired by Prof Kirpal Singh who has been a member of Sikh History Research Board constituted by SGPC for last two decades and he is also working on a prestigious SGPC project. Akal Takhat has bestowed the honour of ‘National Professor of Sikhism’ upon Dr Kirpal Singh on January 21, 2014,” he pointed.

Source Daily Pioneer