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Badal Lashes at Arjun for Rajiv-Longowal Accord Role

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Badal Lashes at Arjun for Rajiv-Longowal Accord Role
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Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today lashed out at former Punjab governor and senior Congress leader Arjun Singh asking him to explain what stopped the Centre from transferring Chandigarh to Punjab on January 26, 1986 as promised in the Rajiv-Longowal accord.

Badal was commenting on Arjun Singh's allegations in a section of the press here that the Rajiv-Longoval accord was scuttled by Badal's non-cooperation.

"Did I ask the Centre not to transfer the city or in what other sense did the Centre need my cooperation for fulfilling its promise to the late Sant Harchand Singh Longowal", said the Chief Minister.

Badal said a lot can be said about the role played by Arjun Singh in "inflicting a massive fraud not only on a pious soul like Sant Longowal but also on the people of Punjab".

"If pushed further I will be forced to expose not only Arjun Singh who supported him actively by misleading Sant ji and later betraying him," said Badal.

The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Sant Harchand Singh Longowal’s martyrdom during a state level function organized here at grain market.

Holding the Congress party "solely responsible" from back tracking on the issue of Rajiv-Longowal accord, Badal described it as "an act of treachery which must be condemned by one and all."

The Chief Minister said that he had forewarned Sant Harchand Singh Longowal that he might be deceived on the issue of accord.

"I was proved right as the Rajiv-Longowal Accord has not been implemented till now," he said.

On the issue of J&K Sikhs, the Chief Minister categorically said that a delegation of SAD-BJP MPs would meet the Prime Minister to draw his attention to the alarming reports from that state in which some Islamic organizations were reported to have asked the Sikhs living there to either embrace Islam or quit the state.

The delegation would seek Prime Minister's direct intervention to clear the mist and take necessary corrective measures to protect the lives of minorities in general and Sikhs in particular in the country especially in the wake of the J & K development.

Meanwhile, Badal has called upon the Prime Minister to get the authenticity and gravity of the situation in J & K in the wake of the reported threats to Sikhs in teh Valley.

He said that the issue has grave implications for the whole of the country and should be treated as a national issue.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister handed over a cheque of Rs 2.50 crore to former Minister Gobind Singh Longowal for the sewerage in the Longowal town.

He also announced that the entire town would be covered under the scheme of safe drinking water, roads and street lighting with in a year.

Paying tributes to the Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, former National President BJP Rajnath Singh described him an apostle of peace, communal harmony and secularism who laid down his life for bringing normalcy in the disturbed State, but unfortunately he was deceived by the Congress Party which did not honour the Rajiv-Longwoal accord.

In his address, Chairman National Democratic Alliance Sharad Yadav said that he always held Sikhs in high esteem as they had played a vanguard role in the freedom struggle.

Paying homage to Sant Longowal, Yadav said his selfless and supreme sacrifice would ever remain a source of inspiration for the future generations.

Paying homage to Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said the Shiromani Akali Dal was a party of great martyrs who laid down their lives for upholding the glorious traditions of the party since long.

He said SAD was the only party committed to the welfare of all sections of the society especially the unprivileged and poor while the Congress which claimed to be a party of 'Aam Adami' had miserably exploited the common man for their vested interests.
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