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Parties Woo 1984 Delhi Massacre Victims Ahead Of This Weekend’s Delhi Gurdwara Vote

DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna (centre) at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI- The people of Trilokpuri in East Delhi, who were once left to fend for themselves during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, have recently become the focus of Delhi and Punjab Sikh leaders who are all out to woo them in the run up to the 46-member Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday visited the ward and came out in full support of the SAD (B) leaders. He advised them to put their best efforts to yield positive results in the elections.

“Badal has told us that this is the time when we can fight to take away the authority from the hands of people who are anti-Sikh and involved in corrupt activities. They are against the Panth and they should be removed to bring reforms for the betterment of the community,” said Darshan Singh, a SAD (B) candidate.

Though life has moved on for people in this part of East Delhi, which had faced the maximum brunt of the riots, the victims here are still paying for the loss with lack of basic facilities like education and employment. The most strategic constituency of Preet Vihar with areas like Trilokpuri, Kalyanpuri, Mayur Vihar Phase-I, Phase-II, Mother Diary, Pandav Nagar and Shakarpur under its territory holds the key to the DSGMC elections.

A sense of anti-Congress wave is prevalent among the voters here as they say they strongly oppose the SAD (D). “We are in favour of Sarna’s candidate in our area as he has always helped us. But we do not want this party to return to power. It had spent Rs 3 crore on printing books for stating its achievements, which is a clear misuse of gurdwara funds,” said Sarabjit Singh, a businessman of the area.

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