“Congress has a long history of disrupting peace and harmony in state and for scoring political points and in the run-up to assembly election in Punjab, Congress is siding with Sikh hardliners to gain on vote bank. Power hungry Congress is not afraid of indulging in dangerous game of playing with fire in Punjab.”
Being a border state, Punjab is highly sensitive and volatile in nature insurgency had affected the state for more than a decade. Any move by a political party to compromise with the social and peaceful fabric of Punjab to gain political benefits can prove to be extremely dangerous. From siding with Sikh hardliners for political gains to raking up raking up controversial issues an hurting Sikh sentiment, Congress is doing all it takes to make a mark in upcoming assembly polls scheduled early next year.
Siding with Sikh extremist
Congress has a long history of supporting Sikh extremist element in Punjab. It is pertinent to note here that Congress party was responsible for inventing Bhindrawale, and transforming him from a saint to a Sikh militant. Bhindrawale later went up against the state and the party, which had nurtured him. People of Punjab had to pay a huge price in wake of their personal animosity between Bhindrawale and Congress leadership.
Now congress has been playing with fire by fuelling the extremist element in state. The party was behind the recently held ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, a Sikh Congregation, which was apparently a Khalistani platform. It is worth mentioning here that Congress leaders were not only present at the congregation but they were instrumental in framing of resolutions passed at ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, which included demand for a Khalistan state.
A large number of Congress leaders are endorsing the views of extremist elements and it is now a known fact that Sikh hardliners are either joining the party ranks or are endorsing the views and vice a versa.
Militancy in Punjab was one of the darkest periods in Punjab’s history and Punjab had to pay a huge price in wake of bloodbath. Extremist elements are slowly reviving in Punjab and Congress is now trying to ignite it for political gains.