Bluestar Memorial May Trigger Unrest in Punjab: Cong

Bluestar Memorial May Trigger Unrest in Punjab: Cong
Congress today said the construction of Operation Bluestar memorial in Amritsar can trigger unrest in Punjab and the state government should be questioned for "patronising separatist agenda".

Leader of Opposition in Punjab Sunil Jakhar along with 10 Congress MLAs met Governor Shivraj Patil here and submitted a memorandum in this regard.

"Punjab has plunged into a state of shock and fear with the raising of a memorial in the memory of operation 'Blue Star' by SGPC at Golden temple under the active patronage of Punjab Government.

"It is an event that can trigger unrest in the state of Punjab and disturb the hard earned peace," he said.

"The abuse of place (Golden Temple) to honour killers of a Chief Minister (late Beant Singh) of Punjab, with tacit understanding of Punjab government, is an act that tantamount to showing disrespect to all those Punjabis who lost their precious lives in the inferno of mindless violence during the phase of terrorism," he added.

Unfortunately Punjab Government has remained "mute spectator" and Akali leadership a "conniving partner" in this event at Golden Temple, he said in the memorandum.

Punjab Congress also said there was a complete breakdown of law and order in the state with ruling party blatantly misusing official machinery including police in ensuring its victory in civic elections.

Terming the SAD-BJP coalition as an "unholy alliance", the Congress alleged that the state government was again taking Punjab towards the black days of terrorism by supporting the radicals.

Reacting to the BJP's statement that Bluestar memorial was "anti-national" and the party was against it, Congress said "if BJP feels that it is a wrong act, then why it is not coming out of government."

Congress leaders MLA Sukhjinder Randhawa, S S Sukhsarkaria, Tripat Rajinder Bajwa, DCC Amritsar (rural) president Harpartap Singh Ajnala, DCC Tarn Taran President Dharmbir Agnihotri, said in a statement.

"Is power greed forcing BJP to support a government that is indulging in anti-national activity," said Randhawa.

Criticising BJP, Randhawa quoted the BJP leader L K Advani's speech in Parliament on Operation Bluestar in which he had blamed military action on three parties.

He (Advani) says, "In Punjab there are three guilty parties: the extremists led by Bhindranwale, the Akali Dal and the government.

He also said BJP should not forget that it was the Shiromani Akali Dal that had first passed a resolution on October 7, 1984 for raising this memorial.

And it is SAD-led SGPC which has now finalised the Plan.

He also asked the Punjab Chief Minister to break his silence.
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