Ready to die for peace and communal harmony in Punjab” :Badal

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Former CM tells Amarinder that he requires no security cover

Asks Captain Singh to stop pushing Punjab back into communal flames of 1984



Chandigarh October 17 – Five times Punjab Chief Minister
Parkash Sigh Badal said here today he would consider it a great
fortune and a matter of honour to lay down his life for the cause of
peace and communal harmony, especially for strengthening the bonds
between the Hindu and the Sikh communities.

 ”Peace and communal harmony are an item of faith with me and I am
not afraid of any threats or conspiracies of those who wish to take my
life just because my continued presence is a hindrance in the path of
their wish to set Punjab aflame again. “These elements who have always
had the backing, secret and not so secret, of the Congress party are
still active in Punjab with the backing of the Congress. This unholy
combine is bent upon forcing the  Sikh masses into the deadly
bloodbath of the 1980s from which Punjab and the Sikhs have not yet
fully recovered. I consider no price too high to save the Sikhs and
the other Punjabis from this deadly conspiracy,” said  Badal

Badal also declared that he required no security cover being
offered by him and said that  the government may withdraw whatever
security umbrella they deemed unnecessary.” Perhaps it is hard for you
to understand but I wish to make it clear that I am ready to die for
peace and communal harmony and have no need for any government
security. Not to speak of any additional security, I request you to
withdraw whatever security you need to withdraw from around me,” Mr
Badal told the Punjab CM.

Badal said that instead of playing gimmicks such as offers of
security, the   Chief Minister should focus on preserving peace and
harmony and on saving the state from slipping into a dangerous
anarchy. “They must stop playing the dangerous communal games aimed at
causing communal tensions in Punjab. The people of the state have
already lost thousands of their innocent near and dear ones to such
nefarious and cynical games,” he said.

“Everyone knows that the Congress has always been behind
dangerous slogans and radical politics in Punjab with the sole aim of
depriving the Sikhs the right to serve their sacred shrines through
their own elected representatives. Their real aim of the Congress is
to weaken the Khalsa Panth by grabbing control of the SGPC, a fact
which Captain Amarinder Singh has  now openly admitted. This naked
ambition of the Congress and the injustice and discrimination against
the Punjabis in general and the Sikhs in particular by successive
Congress governments, were behind the tragedy of Punjab in the 1980s
culminating in the tragic army assault on Shri Harmandar Sahib and the
brutal massacre of thousands of  innocent Sikhs in Delhi and other
parts of the country in 1984,”said Mr Badal.

Badal scoffed at Captain Singh’s  double-speak on the brazen
denial of  the support he is lending to the radicals to destabilize
Punjab on the one hand and his open admission of the Congress’s naked
desire for grabbing control of the Sikh shrines and institutions,
including the SGPC on the other. “Captain Singh openly declares his
party’s policy and programme to grab control of the SGPC. In the same
breath, he says that the Congress party is a secular outfit and will
not play religious politics. And then, he adds that he would not
support the radicals for this purpose either. Then, may one ask, how
does he plan to grab control of the SGPC? The cat is truly out of the
bag,” said Badal

Badal asked Captain Singh to learn from the tragic lessons of
the past and refrain from pushing Punjab back into the flames of 1984.

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