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Referendum 2020 Posters Irks Punjab Unit Of BJP, Pleas The Govt For Its Removal

July 3, 2017 | By

Chandigarh: Infuriated over the hoardings put up by a Canada based human rights activist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) that reads ‘referendum 2020’ the Punjab unit of pro-hindutva group Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly plead the state government  as to act swiftly to remove them and punish those behind the move.

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A huge pro-freedom poster  on ‘Referendum 2020’, a campaign by the SFJ, have come up in various cities and towns of the state. Punjab BJP state vice-presidents Harjit Singh Grewal and Iqbal Singh Lalpura and state secretaries Vineet Joshi and Vijay Puri held a press conference on the issue on Sunday. “The government should not only remove the hoardings but also take action against those who designed it, printed it, erected it and allowed them to be put up on their buildings,” said the media sources.

The BJP leaders purportedly said that though Punjab CM Amarinder Singh had been quite vocal about “SFJ’s self–determination agenda”, his government had turned a blind eye to these posters. Amarinder had to cancel his Canada campaign tour last year after SFJ had moved a local court there against his visit. After being elected as the chief minister, he had refused to meet Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan, alleging that he was a  pro-freedom supporter. The CM had also commented on Harjit Singh  Sajjan’s  link to “separatist organization SFJ”.

“Pakistan, which is harboring criminals wanted by Indian law agencies, is constantly working to disintegrate India by funding and supporting organizations and individuals to create unrest in border states like Jammu-Kashmir and Punjab. Sikh for Justice is one of those organizations,” BJP leaders supposedly said.

“SFJ’s Anti-India campaign in the US and Canada and the hoardings put up by them across Punjab seems to be a part of Pakistan’s ISI’s plan to create unrest in India,” they further claimed.

“We cannot allow such anti-India organizations to further Pakistan’s agenda on Indian soil. If you cannot act; we will act and remove all the hoardings,” reports Times of India (ToI).

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