Congress to question Akalis’ role in pardon to dera chief
Chandigarh, August 26
Trying to portray itself as the saviour of the Panth, the Congress has firmed up its strategy to paint the SAD as an “anti-Panthic” party.
Banking on the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report, the ruling party has identified alleged “anti-Panthic” acts of the Akalis as one of the key issues to be taken up by a senior minister during the debate on the report, scheduled for Tuesday. A senior minister said the Akalis would be asked to explain their role in events leading to the grant of pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and its revocation by Akal Takht in 2015.
PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar said: “The Akalis have betrayed the Panth. Sukhbir Badal has to explain to the people about his role in pardoning the dera chief and failure on part of his government to act against the culprits of sacrilege incidents.”
On attack on Manjit Singh GK in the US, Jakhar said: “As anger against the Akalis is again building up, I have requested the CM to provide more security to the Akalis whose names have figured in the report.”
The party has tasked Tript Rajinder Bajwa and Sukhjinder Randhawa to take on the Akalis on the commission report. “Besides sacrilege, controlling the SGPC and Akal Takht, controversy of appointments in SGPC institutions and managing gurdwaras are issues that go against the SAD,” said a senior Congress MLA.
The Congress had earlier taken a lead in raking up core issues that have dominated the Sikh politics in the recent times. By giving the state share of compensation to Jodhpur detainees and seeking the transfer of Sikh prisoners to jails in Punjab, the Congress government has already steered its Panthic agenda.