Punjab Congress leaders have called upon Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee to review the raising of Operation Bluestar memorial in the Golden Temple complex.
In a statement issued on Saturday,party MLAs Lal Singh,Brahm Mohindra,Parminder Singh,Gurkirat Singh Kotli and Ravneet Singh Bittu said that following the murderous attack on Lt General Kuldip Singh Brar in London,terrorists would gain inspiration from the memorial. Rather a peace memorial should have been built to perpetuate the memory of about 40,000 innocent people who lost their lives to terrorism.
The leaders alleged that the Akali Dal had resolved to raise such a memorial in the Golden Temple complex,which has now been carried out by SGPC under the control of Badal. The Congress leaders also expressed concern that money continued to be pumped into Punjab from abroad for such activities.
Rather than taking multi-pronged steps to counter such activities,the Badal government was indirectly providing legitimacy to these activities as was evident when Badal pleaded for clemency to Balwant Singh Rajoana who has been sentenced to death in the case relating to the assassination of then chief minister Beant Singh,the statement read.
Meanwhile ,Radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa on Saturday said reiterated that the memorial will not vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the state. Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singhs arguments that construction of the memorial will disturb peace in the state are unsustainable,Dal Khalsa head H S Dhami said here.
He said Lt Gen (retd) K S Brar linking of the attack on him in London to construction of the memorial was a figment of his own imagination.