Press statement of Simranjit Singh Mann, President Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), dated-31st March 2019.
Union Government of Modi wants to put the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor in deep freeze to please its Hindu constituency- Simranjit Singh Mann
Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar states that the main goal and purpose of all political parties during an election to Parliament is to make people happy so that the concerned political parties can harvest a rich percentage of votes for their respective political parties.
Our party and Sikhs were very happy when India and Pakistan decided to open up the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for pilgrims of Sikhs and others who believed in the theology of Guru Nanak Sahib.
But yesterday when we read that India is putting conditions for the opening of the Corridor our party and the Sikhs were disappointed. We are aware that India wants some details from Pakistan regarding the Pulwama tragedy. Though we Sikhs have condemned this savage act but we seek an explanation from the Modi BJP-RSS Union Government what the Pulwama incident has to do with the opening of this historic Corridor which has spread abundant happiness amongst the Sikh nation?
Further we ask Mr. Modi’s Union government in Delhi if Pakistan a sovereign country puts some Sikhs in its Gurdwara panel why the Indian state has any abjections to these Sikhs who are on the Pakistan Sikh panel?
Our party and Sikhs have a grave grievance that the Modi BJP-RSS Union government has not appointed any Sikh as a Governor, Ambassador, Supreme Court Judge, Chairman of a Commission of which there are numberless.
It is the policy of the Indian state that it does not relish any interference by another country in its internal affairs. Alternatively Pakistan must also not brook any interference in its internal affairs. As such if Pakistan appoints its Sikhs to a panel then why should India make an objection?
Since the right-wing Hindu fundamentalist, extremist party BJP-RSS is facing an election it wants to show that it puts the minorities in this case the Sikhs in the right place as dozens of Muslims are being killed in Kashmir by the armed forces and the Balakot air strike is another instance of its Hindu Jingoism in which India states it killed 300 terrorists but the fact is that Modi and his government killed 300 Muslims which has gone down well in the BJP-RSS Hindu constituency.
Earlier as Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Narinder Modi had confiscated the lawfully held farmlands of 60,000 farmers and sent them packing though the Sikhs had legal deeds to their farmlands.
Our party and the Sikhs now state that the Union government of Modi BJP-RSS by putting hurdles in the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor deal wants to show the Hindu majority in India that Modi BJP-RSS is capable of dealing with the Sikhs and Muslims with a single rod.
Our party fails to understand why other political parties in which Sikhs are members like Badal Dal, Taksal Dal of Bramhpura, Congress party of Captain Amarinder Singh, Sukhpal Singh Khera and Aam Aadmi paty led by Harpal Singh Cheema are keeping mum on this grave Sikh matter and concern? What’s caught their respective tongues?