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Badals Urge Modi To Punish Sajjan, Tytler For 1984 Massacre Of Sikhs

MALOUT – Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal on Wednesday not only projected Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “saviour of farmers”, but also tried to win over the Sikh vote bank by urging the PM to punish Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler for their alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

He also appreciated the Centre’s move to waive GST on langar purchases.

Addressing the rally here, Sukhbir said: “The next year is the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and if Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler are sent to jail, justice will be delivered to Sikhs.”

He said: “Just one family of the Congress ruled over the country for 37 years and other Congressmen ruled for 18 years, but only three leaders raised the issues of farmers — Badal saheb, Devi Lal and Chaudhary Charan Singh. Now, Modi saheb has done what he promised by increasing the MSP of crops as per the Swaminathan report. It will give Rs 6,000 per acre benefit on paddy, Rs 15,000 maize and Rs 11,000 cotton. In spite of this, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has not even thanked the PM. This income of farmers will also add to revenue of the state government as well.”

State BJP chief Shwait Malik and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar too thanked the PM. Khattar was the lone speaker who appreciated the PM’s demonetisation.

Former CM Parkash Singh Badal called Modi the “messiah of farmers”. He said the PM took a historic decision of increasing the MSP. During his address, nearly seven Congressmen showed him black flags and raised anti-SAD slogans. They were immediately gagged by the policemen in civvies and Akali workers present there and taken out. Following this, Badal cut short his speech.

Those detained were identified as Akshay Kumar, state president, NSUI; Jagmeet Singh, state general secretary; Nikku Randhara, president, Ropar; Mehak Sandhu, president, Fazilka; Khushnaseeb Singh, Jaspreet Singh and Parminder Singh. They were released after a warning.

Jasvir Singh, SHO, City Malout police station, said: “We had detained some troublemakers from the rally venue, but released them after a warning since no complaint was lodged against them.”

NSUI president Akshay Sharma said: “We were lodging a protest against the Centre under our programme ‘char saal desh ka yuva behaal’. Earlier, we had even lodged a protest during Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit and this will continue in future as well.”

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