Radical Sikh group asks Akalis to 'adopt' Sikh agenda

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Amritsar, Sep 13 (UNI) Taking a leaf out of BJP's resolution adopted at its national executive meet at Bangalore to make the Hindu cause, Hindu symbols and Hindutva as its poll plank in the coming Lok Sabha elections, the Dal Khalsa asked the Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) to follow in the footsteps of its ally and revert to the Sikh agenda.

Addressing a press conference here today, Harcharnjit Singh Dhami and Kanwarpal Singh, president and general secretary of the radical organisation said it was ironical that the Akalis had dropped the Sikh agenda while their partners still sticking to Hindu agenda. They said this showed the incompetence and weaknesses of the Akalis rather than their urge to portray themselves as secular.

''It is our earnest appeal to the SAD leadership to learn lesson from its ally and revert back on the Sikh agenda if they want to defeat the Congress'', they stated.

Lauding Shiv Sena leader Raj Thackeray for his concern and viewpoint to safeguard the language and culture of Maharashtra, the Dal Khalsa leaders said Punjabis too were worried about the denigration of their culture and language due to influx of migrants.

They said instead of brushing the concerns of Raj Thackeray under the carpet of pseudo-patriotism, the root-cause of the problem should be addressed, they added.

Describing migrants in Punjab as a demographic threat, the two leaders said they were crippling and polluting Punjab, its tradition, its charm and culture.

On solution to tackle migrant menace, they said the state should take regulatory measures that include the entry of inter-state migrants to be strictly on the basis of job availability. The Punjab government should pass a bill in the Assembly ensuring 70 per cent employment in the agricultural and industrial sectors for Punjabi labour and prohibiting non-domiciles to own property.

On the pattern followed by many states, jobs in Punjab should be reserved only for those who can read, write and speak Punjabi language, the Dal Khalsa leaders demanded.

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