BATHINDA, May 12, 2019: Sukhpal Singh Khaira President of Punjab Ekta Party (PEP) and Lok Sabha candidate of Punjab Democratic Alliance (PDA) from Bathinda today blamed Congress party candidate Amarinder Singh Raja Warring for disturbing the communal harmony in state by creating a wedge between Hindus and Sikhs.
In a hard-hitting statement, Khaira said that Raj Warring during an election meeting in Budhlada yesterday had provoked Hindus against Sikh community and recalled how Sikh militants killed Hindus during militancy, forcing them to wear turbans and grow beards. He categorically stated that Hindus were forced to migrate from Punjab and most of Hindus from Budhlada had fled to Delhi.
Khaira said that Raja Warring was addressing a gathering of Hindu community and sought votes in the name of Sikh militancy which is highly objectionable and amounts to a violation of model election code besides creating communal hatred. He said that Congress candidate had no courage to seek votes on development agenda because Budhlada and Sardulgarh are most backward areas of the state. He said that Raja Warring must explain to people why Capt Amarinder Singh government has failed to develop these areas. Budhladha is most affected by cancer due to poisonous underground water.
Khaira said that Raja Warring was a shallow and double-faced person. While in Hindu dominated areas he rake up the issue if Sikh militancy and eulogizes former CM Beant Singh and former DGP KPS Gill. In rural areas where Sikhs are in the majority, he raises the issue of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib. He said that the Congress party had failed to arrest the accused in sacrilege cases and playing divisive politics. He cautioned Hindus and Sikhs to beware of evil designs of Raja Warring who is trying to push Punjab into turmoil.
Khaira said that Raja Warring had no role in giving justice to victims of police firing in which two Sikh youth was killed. He said that Raja Warring and Capt Amarinder Singh had tried to sabotage October 7 rally in Behbal Kalan against sacrilege by holding a parallel rally at Lambi. He reminded Raja Warring that it was Congress government which attacked Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1984 and killed thousands of Sikhs in Delhi. He stated that Raja Warring had never visited a single family of victims of anti Sikh riots and Behbal Kalan firing. Instead of raising voice for 1984 riot victims, he was moving around wearing T-shirt ‘Indira Gandhi is my mother’ printed on it. .
He said that recent statement by Sam Pitroda on 1984 anti-Sikh riots shows the mindset of Congress party. He said that the blot on the face of Congress can’t be washed away by an apology.
PEP president said that Raja Warring had no value of human rights. He was misleading people on various issues and playing dirty politics by evoking communal sentiments. He appealed to people of Bathinda Lok Sabha seat to reject such candidates who are not committed to public issues. He said that Bathinda district was facing numerous problems. He said that the situation was the same in the whole of Punjab where Congress and SAD were not contesting the election on public issues like drinking water, education, health, and drugs. He promised that Punjab Democratic Alliance will give a clear political alternative to people of Punjab.
Khaira hoped that people of Punjab would repay the Congress and SAD in the same coin and defeat them in the Lok Sabha polls for good future of Punjab.