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Bhai Manjit Singh, senior vice-president of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has raised a banner of revolt against the party. He said, its leadership was behind the Akal Takht pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief in sacrilege case.
At the press conference held at Amritsar, the Akali leader from Majha said, the move will prove to be a harakiri for the party. Bhai Manjit Singh is also a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member from Amritsar.
Condemning the sacrilege at Bargari and killing of two Sikh protesters in police firing at Behbal Kalan in Faridkot district in 2015, he said, “Had the then government (of SAD-BJP) taken action to unearth the conspiracy behind sacrilege, Punjab would have had different circumstances. The party would not have to give clarifications on this issue.”
Despite the efforts made by the local leaders to discourage him from going public with his complaints, he held the press conference.
He said, “The man involved directly or indirectly in this episode, should give up his vested political interests. However, he should apologise to the Akal Takht on ethical grounds so that the Sikhs’ hearts could be calmed.”
He is the second Akali leader after Avtar Singh Makkar, former president of SGPC to raise the banner of revolt.
Reiterating once again, Bhai Manjit said, “Pardoning the Dera chief was a suicidal step by SAD which has abandoned the panthic agenda. This move has maligned the image of Sikh institutions like Akal Takht, SGPC and SAD,” he said.
“I won’t quit the party and will fight for it by staying in it. I will attend the October 14 event at Bargari to remember the Sikh protesters killed at Behbal Kalan,” he said.