Remove all controversial objects from Op Bluestar memorial

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Bathinda, May 12
BJP state president Kamal Sharma today said before taking any further step, the party would provide ample time to its coalition partner the SAD to get all objects glorifying militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale from the Operation Bluestar memorial. Objects glorifying Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale at the Operation Bluestar memorial have become a bone of contention between the SAD and the BJP

Sharma said following objections raised by the BJP, the SGPC (Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee) had got some of the objects removed but a few inscriptions continued to be there on marble slabs. He said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had set up a committee for the purpose, “but a few radicals were trying to create hurdles”.

“A handful of radicals are trying to keep alive their provocative agenda, which had reversed Punjab’s growth during the dark days of terrorism. Radicals are detrimental to the interests of not only Punjab but the entire country. Our state has already paid a heavy price for the decade-long violence,” he said.

Sharma claimed a phase of development had been launched in Punjab by the coalition government and the last assembly elections were fought on that (development) agenda itself. On the “differences” between the coalition partners, he said district-level coordination committees of both the parties would meet in case there were any such issues.

“The SAD is a trusted ally of the BJP and both the parties will unitedly contest the next Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

On elections to panchayati raj institutions, he said the BJP had reached a seat-sharing formula in most parts of the state. But, he affirmed, there were seats where BJP nominees were pitted against those of the SAD. “The BJP has won unopposed a zila parishad and 14 panchayat samiti seats, indicating the party is establishing its roots in rural areas of the state,” he claimed.

Sharma claimed the Congress rank and file was demoralised, as a result of which they were “circulating fabricated stories of attack on their activists”. “The peasantry is annoyed with the Congress for the move by its central leadership to levy wealth tax on farmers,” he added.

Source: Tribune News Service
Dated: May 13, 2013