August 28, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir (August 28, 2013 – by Mir Iqbal): All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) today said that it has decided to launch an agitation in support of its demands which includes extending the National Minorities Act to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Chairman of the APSCC Jagmohan Singh Raina said that the Sikhs here have decided to launch an agitation in the name of Jammu and Kashmir Sikh Dharam Yudh Morcha in support of their demands.
“The main demand of the Sikh community is to extend the National Minorities Act in its present form and recruitment of Punjabi teachers in schools and colleges,” he said.
He said he had several meetings with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and former Law Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar in this regard. Despite assurances that these things will be done, nothing has happened so far.
“We failed to understand why the state government was not implementing the Act as there was no financial implication for it,” the Sikh leader said.
He added, “All the funds under this act come from the Centre. The state government is only the implementing authority.
Raina said if the present state government did not fulfill their demands, it will not support the ruling coalition of National Conference and Congress in the forthcoming assembly elections next year.
“There are eight seats in Kashmir valley and 10 in Jammu division where Sikh votes are the deciding factor. If our demands are not met by this government, we will not vote for National Conference or Congress in the elections next year,” he said.
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