Akalis always misused 'Panth' to score political gains: Punjab Congress

January 14, 2018 10:31 AM

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: PPCC President and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar have lambasted Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for misusing the Panth to score political gains.

Asserting that Congress had in principle followed the directions issued by the Akal Takht in letter and spirit to avoid holding political conferences during the religious congregations, broadly known as Jor Melas, he said the party believed in allowing devotees concentrate on paying reverence to the holy places. The decision to not organize conference during the Maghi Mela at Muktsar was a part of the revised policy adopted following the Akal Takht directions. “We are against vitiating the spiritual environment at holy places, he added.

Stating that SAD has got no moral right to cry hoarse against others during the political conference in Muktsar, he asked why Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Badal who belong to this district did nothing to make the holy city beautiful during their 10-year rule.

Recalling that Congress government had upgraded Muktsar as district in 1995, Jakhar said that historic gates were erected in the holy city during the tenure of Captain Amarinder Singh as Chief Minister (2002-2007). Congress led government had also erected a memorial (Mukt-e-Minar) to pay respects to 40 Muktas. Later SAD led government completely ignored Muktsar in development work even as it was the ruling Badals’ home district. “The Akalis only know to exploit feelings of people on the garb of religion, they do not care for religion and tenets, Jakhar observed.

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