Badals warn against ‘conspiracies’ to control shrines, spoil peace

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Akali Dal supremo and five-time Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, on Sunday warned against “dangerous conspiracies” to install “government stooges” in sacred Gurdhams.

“Devious conspiracies are at work to weaken the Khalsa Panth and dilute its separate and unique religious identity. Our sacred Gurdhams and their unique religious ideology are being targeted. The ‘qaum’ (community) will have to guard against attempts by powerful agencies to create dissensions, disunity and mutual distrust within the community.”

The elder Badal was addressing a Panthic gathering at Manji Sahib Diwan Hall in Sri Harmandar Sahib Complex here to protest the painful incidents of sacrilege, including the outrage at the sanctum sanctorum of Shri Harmandar Sahib.

Badal also warned against the “dangerous conspiracy to put Punjab on flames again through communal polarisation”.

“The hard-earned atmosphere of peace and communal harmony is being put to torch by powers that be. They will finally blame the flames on Punjabis themselves in a repeat of 1980s and 1990s simply to further vested petty political interests,” he said during the ‘panthic ikath’ which demanded a probe into the recent sacrilege incidents by a sitting high court judge.

In his remarks, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Badal said the Congress had done politics on the issue of sacrilege for five years and did nothing to nab those behind this heinous act.

He said now again a conspiracy was afoot to spoil the peace of the state and create divisions in society for political motives alone.

He said despite nabbing culprits who had committed sacrileges at Sri Anandpur Sahib on September 13 and at Sri Darbar Sahib on December 15, both last year, the government had done nothing to uncover the conspiracy behind the two incidents.

He said even in the case of the Sri Harmandar Sahib sacrilege, no attempt was made to identify the accused till now.

Asking the people how they could expect justice from the Congress which had rolled tanks and guns into Sri Darbar Sahib and had carried out “genocide” against the Sikh community in 1984, the junior Badal said: “It is of utmost importance to strengthen the ‘panth’ as well as its representative party — the SAD.”

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