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Not in favour of a memorial to Sikh Genocide victims in Delhi : Amarinder

H S Bawa
Jalandhar, June 6-

PCC president Captain Amarinder Singh who had yesterday rejected the idea of a Memorial in the memory of Sikhs killed during Operation Blue Star in 1984 and had asked not to glorify the acts of Balwant Singh Rajoana, the assassin of former chief minister Beant Singh, today said that he was not in favour of a memorial to Sikh Genocide victims in Delhi as proposed by SAD and SGPC.


Flanked by CLP leader Sunil Jakhar Amarinder said that his party would be taking up this issue in the next session of Vidhan Sabha.  


‘We will definitely take up these issues in the Vidhan Sabha and oppose these as these are not in the interest of peace and harmony’, he said.  


Addressing a press conference here the former chief minister reiterated that the memorial to operation blue star shall be detrimental for the peace in Punjab.  


Asked about Akali Dal and SGPC’s proposal to build a memorial in the memory of victims of 1984 Sikh genocide at Delhi, he said there was no need to construct such memorial and stir the emotions of people 28 years after the incident.


Capt Amarinder said that on one side Sukhbir was meeting top industrialists in Delhi to fetch investment for the state and on the other hand he was creating an atmosphere of uncertainity in the state.


‘Investment comes only with peace and stability’, he said.


PCC president said that Beant Singh had brought peace to Punjab and these people were honouring someone who murdered him.


Asked about Akal Takht’s approval to the Memorial of Blue Star and Akal Takht Jathedar honouring Rajoana, Amarinder said that he doesnot want to get into this.  


When asked that would he seek a review of the controversial decisions from the Jathedar of Akal Takht, Amarinder said that SGPC and SAD should understand what they were doing and to where it can lead the state.


He questioned the silence of BJP leadership in the state and asked ‘What are they quiet for?’

Those present included former PCC president Mohinder Singh Kaypee MP, former ministers Amarjit Singh Samra, Avtar Henry, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, Ashwani Sekhri, Arvind Khanna MLA, former JIT Chairman Tejinder Singh Bittu, former MLA Jagbir Singh Brar, PYC president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary,  Karan Pal Singh Sekhon, Major Amardeep Singh, DCC president Arun Walia, Kaku Ahluwalia president YC Lok Sabha Jalandhar, Gautambir Singh, Sonu Dhesi, Varinder Sharma, Laadi Sherowalia, Kamaljit Kaur Multani, GS Bhullar and Kanwal Sachdeva Advocate.


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