Joining issue with AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on proposing to accord holy city status for Amritsar, if AAP comes to power, Dal Khalsa said it’s a calculated attempt aimed to exploit the sentiments of Sikhs to woo their votes in upcoming Punjab assembly elections in 2017.
Party’s ex-president H S Dhami said the nomenclature of holy city status for Amritsar was first sought in 1980’s, which was not only rejected by the then government but also opposed by Hindu chauvinist groups including BJP by giving it a communal colour. It was one of the pressing demands included in the Anandpur Sahib resolution which was wrongly dubbed as secessionist document by Indian establishment.
However, all political demands and issues changed once army attacked Darbar Sahib in 1984 and the edifice of Akal Takht was brought
to rubble.One thing is clear, after passing through a tumultuous period and sacrificing so many lives during the Sikh struggle, demand of holy city status has been far left behind. The community has set its new agenda. For us, now the foremost issue is the independence of Punjab”, said Dhami .
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