May 8, 2017 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) today expressed “deep anguish” over the “increase in frequency of incidents of beadbi of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji” after the formation of the new Congress government. SAD (Badal) said in a written statement (copy available with SSN) asking the Congress government in Punjab to take immediate steps to instil trust in the people by solving all such cases and exposing the culprits.
SAD (B) MP and general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra said the SAD (Badal) had all along been asserting that the eruption of beadbi cases during SAD-BJP rule was part of a deep rooted conspiracy. “Recent events are proving this contention right as beadbi incidents have increased ever since the new government took charge of the State”.
It is notable that the SAD (Badal) government in Punjab was bitterly criticised for its failure to arrest the culprits of beadbi of Guru Granth Sahib ji. The SAD (Badal) government faced wrath of Sikh masses after Behbal Kalan police firing in which two Sikhs were killed by the police.
Prem Singh Chandumajra said since the Congress was in power now it could no longer take the easy route of pinning blame for the sacrilege incidents on the SAD as it was wont to in the opposition.
“Now it is not only the responsibility of the Congress to take steps to stop these incidents but also expose those who are responsible for the same. We have always been maintaining that political elements who stood to gain the most by defaming the SAD were behind the desecration incidents. Now it is up to the new government to expose these elements before the public”, Mr Chandumajra added.
The SAD leader meanwhile gave a call to the people to take up the responsibility of stopping such incidents as a social duty. “I urge Punjabis to guard their sacred places be it Gurdwaras, Mandirs or mosques by resorting to self vigil or even thikri pehra if needed. This will send out a clear message to mischievous elements that such desecrations will not be allowed in Punjab”. He said the State police could also do its job by increasing night patrolling in rural areas.
Chandumajra said the new government must keep in mind that Punjabis wanted peace and development to continue in the State at all costs. He said continued cases of sacrilege would not only derail this but also scare off potential investors. “The government must move fast and get to the bottom of the huge number of sacrilege cases which have been reported from Muktsar, Ludhiana, Sangrur, Faridkot, Tarn Taran and Ferozepur in the last 45 days. The SAD-BJP government had solved all cases of sacrilege except for a few whose leads had been given to the new government. It is unfortuate that the Congress government is adopting a casual and indifferent approach to such an important issue which touches the core of our belief system by dragging its feet on investigation of sacrilege cases. It must pull up its socks and pay attention to solving such cases immediately”, Chandumajra added.
NOTE: A File Photo of Prem Singh Chandumajara along with some other persons (his companions) that was initially published with this story showed a politician from Patiala who had left the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and had joined the Congress party. On being becoming aware of it SSN decided to remove the photo. Inconvenience caused, if any, was not deliberate and is deeply regretted.