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Sikh body turns heat on Modi: Hostile to minorities, he is unwelcomed in Punjab

December 4, 2013 | By

Amritsar, Punjab (December 04, 2013): Pressing Badals to keep arms distance from Narendar Modi, the Dal Khalsa blamed the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate for the gross human rights violations and barbaric victimization of Muslims and Sikh farmers of Gujarat.

Party’s spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh in a statement said Modi has an agenda of polarization, to divide the people on communal lines. He said Modi’s candidature is “in total contrast to India’s so-called claim of being a democratic and a secular country.”

He described Mr. Modi as “anti-minority,” pointing to Gujarat massacre of 2002 and the eviction of the Sikh farmers.

Launching an offensive to embarrass the ruling Akal party, he lambasted Badals for leaving no stone unturned to give Modi a rousing welcome in the state on Dec 21. He said Mr. Modi, who had the habit of suppressing and terrorising the minorities, was targeting the Sikh farmers. He said the issue of uprooting of Sikh farmers of Kutch region stands unresolved despite Badals hollow assurances on the subject.

He listed another issue that speaks of Modi’s record of discrimination against minorities. “Lal Singh, who has served 20 years behind bars and is presently lodged in Nabha Jail was awarded life sentence by Gujarat Court. “Despite Senior Badal’s intervention, Modi has refused to set Lal Singh free, though he has served the life sentence awarded to him”.

Dal Khalsa has asked the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, to convey the message of Sikh people to his Gujarat counterpart: “Either withdraw the appeal from the Supreme Court and respect Gujarat High Court orders in favour of Sikh farmers and release Lal Singh with immediate effect or stay away from Punjab”.

He stated that Modi will be an unwelcomed guest in Punjab for his hostilities towards minorities and poor record of rights violations”. He made a fervent appeal to Muslims of Malerkotla to come forward and express their resentment against the hobnobbing of Badals with Modi.

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