Punjab: SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal described Captain Amarinder Singh reaction to the advice against abuse of the UAPA and the indiscriminate repression against innocent Sikh youth as “an archival reproduction of the old Indira Gandhi narrative and statements against the community, describing every innocent Sikh youth as a potential terrorist and a threat to national security and integrity.”
“Every Sikh can recall how Mrs. Gandhi had used exactly these words to justify the rolling of tanks into the holiest of the holy Sikh shrines, Shri Harmandar Sahib leading to the destruction of the sacred Shri Akal Takhat Sahib. Amarinder could at least have asked someone to change the language and the arguments to make his statement look original. But why would he when the Congress mindset that led to the 15-year-long tragedy of Punjab remains the same?”
“The SAD stands for peace and communal harmony. We will never allow anyone to disturb the excellent sentiment of fraternity among different communities in the state, especially among the Hindus and the Sikhs. “
Badal asked Amarinder not to repeat the blunders of “your more powerful Congress predecessors who carried out a genocide of the Sikhs in the name of defending the unity and integrity of the country.”
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The SAD president said that Amarinder was obviously still besotted with the atmosphere of long years he had spent with Mrs. Gandhi and her son, Rajiv. “The ghosts of anti-Sikhism in the Congress blood are still alive and only waiting for an opportunity to strike again. And the Congress has always used Sikhs leaders to strike against the Sikhs,” said Badal in a statement here.