Piling on more pressure on the Shiromani Akali Dal, which is already in a sticky situation due to the alleged hate speeches made by BJP leader Giriraj Singh and Vishwa Hindu Parishad president Praveen Togadia, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has published a whitepaper on the years of violence by Khalistani militants in Punjab.
The former SGPC functionary, Harbir Singh, pointed out that the document, titled Truth about Punjab, and authored by scholar Gurdarshan Singh Dhillon, described the BJP, the RSS, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal as militant Hindu organisations whose pursuit of the Hindutava agenda led to the rise of violence in Punjab.
The Akali Dal, led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh, is in alliance with the BJP.
According to Mr. Singh, pages 16 and 181 of the whitepaper refer to the former RSS sarsanghchalak M.S. Golwalkar who, in his We or Our Nationhood Defined, wrote that the Hindu nation was one where “all those not belonging to the nation i.e. Hindu race, religion, culture and language, naturally fallout of the pale of real national life.”
Meanwhile, H.S. Dhami, the chief of radical Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa, came down heavily on Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, accusing him and his son for aligning with the BJP and ruining the Sikhs’ present and future for vested interests. “Oil and water do not mix nor can the Hindutava and Sikhs,” he said in a statement.
Calling the election a “drama,” Mr. Dhami called for a poll boycott. The Congress and the BJP, he said, were two sides of the same coin, whose policies and perception towards minorities were same and thus it did not matter who would win the election.
Strongly opposing BJP leader L.K. Advani’s suggestion to introduce compulsory voting, he said: “Abstaining from voting in protest is also a democratic and fundamental right of a person.”