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Political outfit next for Panthic parties?

October 09, 2018 05:29 AM

courtesy  THE TRIBUNE OCT 9

Political outfit next for Panthic parties?
Buoyed by Bargari march response, to meet in Amritsar on Oct 20-21; AAP rebels undecided
Ruchika M Khanna
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 8

Buoyed by the astounding public response to the Bargari march, which was held to express anger at incidents of sacrilege in Punjab, various Panthic organisations are now in the process of constituting a new political outfit and will meet in Amritsar on October 20-21.

Sources say a 10-member committee has been formed by former Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar Giani Kewal Singh to chalk out modalities of the “Panthic assembly”. The Dal Khalsa and the Simranjit Singh Mann-led Akali Dal (Amritsar), besides Sikh preachers, who have been heading the protest at Bargari (Faridkot district) since June 1, will be part of the deliberations.

The Sukhpal Singh Khaira-led AAP faction is yet to decide on the issue. “If invited, we will ponder over the matter,” he said. But other members in the group claimed efforts were on to include them and the Lok Insaaf Party MLAs in the proposed outfit so as to emerge as a credible alternative to the SAD and Congress in Punjab.

It was perhaps, for this reason that Panthic leader Baljit Singh Daduwal raised Hindu-Sikh “bhaichara” slogans at the Bargari march that drew Hindus and Muslims in good numbers.

Intelligence sources claimed these Panthic groups had the support of Sikh leaders in Europe, Canada and the US. “It seems the proposed outfit will comprise Panthic leaders with a more secular approach. They seem to have learnt their lesson from the Sarbat Khalsa in Chabba (Amritsar) in November 2015,” they noted.
Bir Devinder Singh, a former Deputy Speaker, claimed the people were disillusioned with the major parties in Punjab. “The aim is to channel the public anger, especially among the Sikhs, into propping up a new Panthic political outfit,” he explained

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