Rejecting the resolutions passed by the Sarbat Khalsa in Amritsar on Tuesday, the core committee of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has come out in full support of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
It also accused Congress veteran, Amritsar MP Capt Amarinder Singh, of running a “vilification” campaign against the Chief Minister.
In a meeting held on Wednesday, the core committee said there was a ploy to defame Badal, weaken and defame the SAD and the SGPC in order to dilute or destroy the religious powers of the Khalsa Panth. “They are focusing all their energies on defaming Parkash Singh Badal through a vicious and bitterly hateful vilification campaign against the most popular leader of the community because they know that he enjoys a very special place in the hearts of every Punjabi. If they weaken his appeal in the hearts of the people through false propaganda , they can weaken the Shiromani Akali Dal,” a statement released by the party said.
The committee accused Captain Amarinder Singh of employing a similar strategy during his stint as chief minister in 2002. The committee said SAD swears by the establishment of a genuinely federal structure in the country with more powers to states. “This has remained and will remain the goal of the Sikh masses, the Punjabis on the whole and of the SAD,” it added.
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The committee also rejected the appointment of new jathedars calling it an “illegal and illegitimate” act done “in an autocratic manner without legitimacy through a mandate from the Sikh community”.
Calling the action “height of arrogance and haughtiness”, the committee said the resolutions were part of a deep rooted conspiracy to disturb the hard earned atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in Punjab and to push the Sikhs and the whole of Punjab back into the dark era of bloodshed, murder and mayhem.
The core committee also said that the organisers of the meeting in Chaba, near Amritsar, passed the resolutions to stall the flow of investments. “It is an attempt to scare away investments from Punjab This is being done to provide the Congress a talking point about non-development and non-investment in Punjab,” the committee stated.