Haryana Sikhs observe Haryana Day as 'black day'

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Kurukshetra, Nov 1 (UNI) A large number of Sikhs sporting black ribbons on their arms and head gear, held a protest march and observed the Haryana Day as ''black day'' today, to press for a separate Sikh body in Haryana on the pattern of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

Led by Jagdish Singh Jhinda, the protesting Sikhs of the state marched through the major roads to reach the secretariate complex and submitted a memorandum to the district magistrate to be forwarded to the Haryana Governor.

They also demanded that 'Punjabi' be declared as the second language of Haryana and jobs be provided for Haryana Sikhs as per their population in the state.

They demaded adequate presence of Sikhs in the political arena and stressed that otherwise ''The trio states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana be re-united, repealing the Punjab Reorganisation Act of 1966.

Addressing the protesters, Mr Jhinda accused the Haryana Government of ''backing out'' of its election manifesto of 2005 wherein the Congress had promised to create a separate body for the Sikhs of Haryana.

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