Show the same courageous vision in favour Punjab: Sukhbir to PM

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 SAD for strong, federal India : Sukhbir
Demands end to injustice, discrimination against Punjab

Chandigarh/ New Delhi August 6 – Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir
SIngh Badal today reiterated his party’s commitment to “a strong and
federal India with more powers to states” so that they can grow with
dignity and progress as per the unique requirements and aptitude of
their people. “We believe strong states mean strong country. But we want
these powers for all states, not just one or two which is
He said that his party wanted that minorities in every state must be
guaranteed a secure environment in which they can live and prosper in
an atmosphere fear from fear and mistrust. “The SAD stands for
provisions for the protection of minorities in every state.”He
bemoaned that the Sikhs who had to leave the Kashmir valley in the wake of
terrorism there never received due compensation and relief despite his
persistent requests and efforts.
The SAD president further said that his party saw no justification for
the application of any discriminatory provisions to any state, such as
Article 370 in J and K and similar provisions in other states. “Every
Indian can rightly buy land or set up a business or industrial units
in Punjab. But we cannot do the same in Himachal Pradesh, Rajsthan and
several other states. This amounts to a denial of a level playing
field within the country and it should be ended.
He said that it was so sad and unfortunate that when the SAD
requested the then state government in J and K to implement the Anand
Marriage Act in the valley they refused point-blank. I hope it will
now be implemented.”

Endorsing the Jammu and Kashmir Bill which will scrap the
controversial Article 370 and 35 A of the Constitution,  Badal said
that his party stood for equal rights and opportunities in every
sphere to every state without discrimination. Badal called the bill on J&K a very courageous step & asked the PM & the home minister to show the same courageous vision in ensuring justice for Punjab  Badal called the bill on J&K a very courageous step & asked the PM & the home minister to show the same courageous vision in ensuring justice for Punjab.” Punjab has beensuffered grievous blows because of discrimination and injustice in economic, geographical, and religious fields,” said Badal. ”Punjabis in general and the SIkhs led by the SAD, in particular, havemade supreme sacrifices for the freedom and the unity and integrity of the country.Before 1947,  the British proposed the partition of India into three parts – for the Hindus, the Muslims and the Sikhs. But we the Sikhs rejected that and firmly decided that India is our homeland.We are proud of our patriotism.”

Badal thanked  Prime Minister  Narendra Modi and the Union
Home Minister  Amit Shah for taking steps because of which the
victims of the 1984 massacre of the Sikhs have finally begun to get
justice.  He said that the massacre was ordered by the then Prime
Minister Rajiv Gandhi who even justified it by comparing it with the
shaking fo the earth after a big tree falls.” It took 34 years for the
killers to be punished, and even then the process has only just begun.”
The former Deputy Chief Minister said that every Punjab “felt
anguished and alienated because of the denial of their capital city,
Chandigarh and other Punjabi speaking areas to the state. Similarly,
more than 80 per cent of its river water has been looted from Punjab
in violation of the nationally and internationally accepted Riparian
Principle. The economic blow suffered by the people especially the
farmers of the state because of the denial of their rightful share in
the river waters alone runs into thousands of crores. Similarly, we
have been discriminated against through the denial of any major
central industrial project in the state. All these excesses and acts
of injustice need to be ended and Punjabis need to be compensated for
the losses already suffered by them,” said  Badal.

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