Allot Tilak Nagar Assy seat to Akali Dal: Sikh committee to BJP

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New Delhi, Oct 26 (UNI) The All India Sikh Riots Victims Action Committee today appealed to the BJP to spare Tilak Nagar Assembly seat for Shiromani Akali Dal candidate.

''Such dispensation of the BJP is imperative for emancipation and rehabilitation of riot victims who have been denied overall justice all these years,'' committee president Jagdish Singh, chairman Mohan Singh and convener Hari Singh said in a joint press conference here.

Mr Jagdish Singh, Mr Hari Singh and Mr Mohan Singh made a fervent appeal to senior BJP leader L K Advani, BJP president Rajnath Singh, party's chief ministerial candidate Vijay Kumar Malhotra and Delhi BJP chief Harshvardhan to field an Akali Dal candidate from the Tilak Nagar Assembly seat, where thousands of riot victims live in a miserable condition and nothing has been done to redress their grievances.

The Committee said Tilak Nagar constituency is home to more than 42.5 per cent of Sikhs and about 20000 riots victims' widows along with their families also live here.

'' Ever since Tilak Vihar riots victims colony was established, the present MLA O P Babbar has never visited the colony. The riot victims' families and widows are still terrified and there is no redressal of their grievances. Besides, the riots victims have not been rehabilitated and those accused of 1984 riots are still scot free,'' the Committee chairman and president alleged.

Contending that the travails of the riot victims could only be understood by a Sikh representative, the committee called upon the BJP leadership to field, from the constituency, a candidate who has grasp of their problems and can resolve them urgently.

''The Akalis have always championed the cause of riot victims at various fora and in Parliament. Moreover, an Akali candidate from this constituency will restore the lost confidence of victims in the BJP leadership,'' the Committee said and warned that if the BJP did not field an Akali candidate, they will assume that the party is not their benefactor and is only shedding crocodile tears and hence not vote for the party in the coming polls.


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