Political Parties Should Stop Statements That Hurt Peace: Bitta

Political Parties Should Stop Statements That Hurt Peace: Bitta

With Punjab limping back to normalcy after remaining tense for past few days over desecration of the holy book, All India Anti-Terrorist Front Chairman M S Bitta today said political parties should stop giving statements which may disturb peace in the state.

"Punjab has gone through difficult times and seen its worst days during the militancy period. Peace returned to the state after people like (former Chief Minister) Sardar Beant Singh gave their sacrifices," Bitta said.

"It is a sensitive issue. Everyone must understand that the situation is fluid. Political parties must not give out such statements that will add fuel to the fire.

"For the sake of Punjab, the parties must rise above their narrow political interests and not play politics on sensitive issues," Bitta said.

"All parties should speak in one voice so that it conveys a stern message to those elements who are again bent upon to disturb the hard-earned peace in the state," he added.

Reacting on the recent spate of protests against reports of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, Bitta warned that Punjab is a border state and if political parties indulge in blame game, anti-social and foreign elements may take advantage of the situation.

On the issue of top Sikh clergy at loggerheads over the issue to pardon Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Bitta said, the latter should "voluntarily stop all the activities of Dera in the state."

"If it doesn't stop, all the activities of Dera Sacha Sauda should be banned in Punjab. The Dera's activities have not helped the cause of peace in the state," he said.

Bitta also said political parties should stop the policy of "appeasing" the Sirsa Dera for "vote bank politics".

"This policy of appeasing the Sirsa Dera for vote bank politics can be dangerous for Punjab," he said.

Bitta also said that the Akal Takht was the highest Sikh  authority and should not be challenged by anyone.

"It is the supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs, people should not challenge its authority," he said.

Justifying the reaction of the people and recent protests in the wake of series of incidents of sacrilege, Bitta said, "people are justified in their protests... ."

At the same time, he said that everybody should contribute towards ensuring peace and normalcy returns in the state.

"The present situation in Punjab is conveying a wrong message abroad. Each year, around this time of the year, there are thousands of foreign pilgrims who want to visit Punjab including Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple), but many of them have been forced to change their plans at the last moment," he added.


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