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Dal Khalsa to mark India’s Republic day as betrayal day, plans protest at different places

January 13, 2015 | By

Jalandhar, Punjab: While terming the India’s republic day as betrayal day for Sikhs, the Dal Khalsa has planned to organize public rallies at 4 different cities on Jan 26 to protest against “Constitutional injustices”.

This announcement was made at a meeting of party senior leaders held here today. Informing the media about their proposed sit-in Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said their party workers carrying black flags would organize peaceful sit-in at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Moga on Jan 26 marking the 65th India’s republic day.

Kanwar Pal Singh addressing the meeting of party workers

Kanwar Pal Singh addressing the meeting of party workers

Explaining as to why their group was giving the call for boycott of Jan 26 celebrations, he said the distinct identity of Sikhs was being subsumed under Article 25 (b) (2), Hindu laws were being imposed on Sikhs, Punjab’s river waters were being looted by subverting the Constitution, under the garb of freedom of expression the Indian Constitution allows “gurudom” to mushroom and challenge fundamentals of Sikhism and there was no equal laws and rules for Sikh detainees.

Giving the call to Sikh brethren to stay away from republic day celebrations, he said let’s not take part in the celebrations till “constitutional wrongs” were not corrected to the satisfaction of Sikhs.

He said 64 years have passed and no government at centre has ever tried to address the contentious issues of Sikhs related to their distinct identity. He called upon like-minded groups especially SAD (panch pardani) to join the demonstration.

Notably, the Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar Gaini Balwant Singh Nandgarh too had given the call for the boycott of Jan 26 celebrations until Sikh detainees who have served their jail sentence, were not released.

Among others who were present include Dr Manjinder Singh, Gurdeep Singh, Ranbir Singh and SYP head Paramjit Singh Tanda.

The meeting decided to oppose the SGPC move to remove Jathedar Nandgarh and passed a resolution in favour of original Nanakshahi calendar. “SGPC on the orders of its political bosses were going to oust Jathedar Nandgarh only because Sukhbir Badal wants to appease Sant Samaj and Nanaksar Samparda. Jathedar was being victimized due to vote-bank politics”.

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