Maintain Peace : Radicals meet Dy CM today


Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal has called leaders of United Akali Dal (UAD) and SAD (A), organisers of the Sarbat Khalsa, to discuss a strategy to maintain peace at the Akal Takht in Amritsar on the 32nd anniversary of Operation Bluestar.Leaders of both the outfits have accepted the invitation to meet Sukhbir and SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar. The meeting would be held on Friday in Badal village.A five-member committee including SAD (A) leaders Jaskaran Singh and Prof Mohinderpal Singh, UAD leaders Bhai Mohkam Singh, Gurdeep Singh Bathinda and Wassan Singh Jaffarwal, would attend the meeting.The leaders claimed that both Sukhbir and Makkar had called them for a meeting over maintaining peace on June 6 at the Golden Temple.“From the beginning, even during the protest against desecration of Guru Granth Sahib, we had maintained peace as we want calm in Punjab. It would have sent a wrong signal if we had not accepted this invitation. We would hold discussions as well as continue to work for the panth and the struggle for the ‘quam’ wherever it is needed,” they added.On November 10, 2015, a sarbat khalsa was organized in Chabba village on outskirts of Amritsar and 13 resolutions were passed among which one of which had found CM Prakash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal and Avtar Singh Makkar guilty of undermining and misusing the Sikh institutions of Panj Pyare and the Akal Takht.Various Sikh bodies in presence of an impressive gathering of Sikh had appointed Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara as Jathedar (Akal Takht), Bhai Amrik Singh Ajnala as Jathedar (Sri Kesgarh Sahib) and Bhai Baljit Singh Daduwal as Jathedar (Damdama Sahib) as interim Jathedars while Dhyan Singh Mand was appointed officiating Jathedar of the Akal Takht till Hawara was released.CM Parkash Singh Badal today appealed to all Sikh organisations to maintain peace during the ‘ardas divas’ scheduled for June 6 at the Golden Temple organised to pay homage to those killed during Operation Bluestar in 1984. Various radical Sikh organisations have given a shutdown call on that day.Badal was here for Sangat Darshan at Rajasansi constituency, Bachiwind and Padhri villages in the border belt.He said that in a democratic setup, no one could be stopped from holding demonstrations, but it was the responsibility of the state government to maintain law and order.

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