June 16, 2018 04:34 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has strongly condemned Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira for backing secessionism with his categorical support for Sikh Referendum 2020, propounded by Sikh radicals for the creation of Khalistan.

In a statement issued here on Saturday, the Chief Minister termed Khaira’s statement favouring the Referendum as unfortunate, and added that the Leader of the Opposition seemed to be indulging in his usual political antics and theatrics, without any sense of the history of Punjab or any realization of the possible consequences of his statement or act.


Punjab and its people had suffered for years due to the secessionist and separatist movement unleashed by the radicals, pointed out Captain Amarinder Singh, adding that Khaira seemed to be completely unmindful of what the state had been through and the dangers of his ill-thought statement.

The Chief Minister dismissed as sheer hypocrisy Khaira’s claim that he stood for India’s unity while supporting the Referendum, terming it a classic case of running with the hares and hunting with the hounds. Anyone supporting the controversial Referendum, which was clearly designed to destroy India’s harmony, could not be a supporter of the country’s unity, said Captain Amarinder Singh, adding that Khaira’s stand suggested that he stood for India’s dismemberment.

The Chief Minister demanded to know whether Khaira’s statement had the backing of the AAP central leadership, led by Arvind Kejriwal, or he was going on a personal tangent, either out of sheer ignorance or to promote some vested personal interests. This was important considering the fact that the Kejriwal himself had been hobnobbing with pro-Khalistanis when he was campaigning in Punjab in the run-up to the Assembly elections last year.

The AAP leadership should clarify their stand on this sensitive and explosive issue, which had the potential to destroy India’s peace and plunge Punjab back into the dark days of terrorism, said Captain Amarinder Singh, demanding to know from Kejriwal and his party colleagues whether or not they stood for peace and upheld the Indian Constitution.

The Chief Minister said his government, and he personally, was fully committed to justice for all communities, without fear and favour. His government had always upheld the rule of the law, and would continue to do so at all costs, said Captain Amarinder Singh.

As the leader of a democratically elected government, he was committed to ensuring that the human rights of the citizens of Punjab were not violated in any way, said Captain Amarinder Singh. At the same time, however, he would not allow anyone to disturb the peace and harmony in the state or do anything detrimental to the interests of the people of Punjab, he asserted.

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