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Dhindsa opens front against SAD leadership Says should’ve apologised for sacrilege incidents

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Published on January 14, 2020 with No Comments

Not averse to tying up with Dhindsa: Bains

Open to all options to keep the Congress and SAD out of power in future, Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) president Simarjit Singh Bains said he was not averse to joining hands with rebel Akali leaders Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Parminder Singh Dhindsa and other like-minded people at a suitable time.

He had come to Ropar to attend the ‘Saadi panchayat, saadi zameen’ campaign against the state government’s decision to hand over panchayat land for industrial development. Interacting with media, he said the Dhindsa duo had taken an appreciable step in the direction of freeing SAD from the monopoly of a family. Claiming that “more honest persons” could follow them in coming days, he said it was due to the efforts of SAD that gurdwaras were freed from clutches of mahants, and the SGPC was formed.

Coming out openly against the SAD leadership, former Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said he wanted the party to take moral responsibility and apologise before Akal Takht for sacrilege incidents in 2015-16, since it was in power at that time.

Dhindsa recently resigned from the post of leader of SAD Legislature Party to support the stand taken by his father and Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa against the “undemocratic functioning” of the SAD.

On his future course of action, Dhindsa said only time would tell. “My father and I want to restore the ideology of the Akali Dal and save its democratic set-up. We have not resigned from the party,” he said. On a question about any parleys with the BJP or rebel Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, he said Sidhu had an important role to play in the future politics of the state. “But we are not in touch with him or anyone,” he said. “I don’t know who committed the sacrilege incidents, but being in power, the Akali leadership should have owned the moral responsibility and sought an apology from Akal Takht. They should have accepted tankhah (penance) from the Takht,” he said, claiming that he and some other senior leaders wanted this when the incidents took place.

“Sikhs were badly hurt by such incidents. The community pardons anyone who seeks an apology, but it didn’t happen,” said Dhindsa.

On the controversy surrounding pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim, the former minister said seeking pardon or granting it was not wrong, but the process followed was not as per the laid down procedure. “We had voiced concern on the way it was done,” he said.

The former minister said similarly, he wanted the party to oppose the UT status given to Jammu and Kashmir. “The BJP followed its ideology through abrogation of Article 370 and the introduction of the Citizen Amendment Act. But the Akali Dal failed to safeguard its own. Taking away the statehood from Jammu and Kashmir was not right. The SAD had always opposed such moves. Tomorrow, any other state can be made a UT and brought under the direct administration of the Union Government,” Dhindsa added.

Dhindsa said in the same way, the SAD should have stood in support of all minorities on the matter of the Citizenship Amendment Act.

 

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