‘Referendum bid to disturb Punjab’s peace’

The Communist Party of India has called the proposed ‘Sikh Referendum 2020’, slated to be held in the United Kingdom on August 12, an attempt to disturb the hard-earned peace in Punjab.

“The talk of referendum is nothing but terrorism through other means,” Joginder Dayal, member of the CPI national council, said in a statement here.

Condemning the move, Mr. Dayal said extraneous elements were clearly at work to disturb the peace in Punjab.

“We oppose the idea of any kind of a theocratic State, be it the Hindutva idea of India that the RSS-BJP promotes, or any kind of religion-based secessionist movement like that of Khalistan,” said Mr. Dayal.

‘No traction’

“All talk of the ‘Sikh Referendum 2020’ has been emerging from the soil of Canada or the United Kingdom. Both Ottawa and London are most welcome to carve out a Khalistan in any shape, form or fashion if they want to, since they are sovereign countries. As far as India is concerned, there is no traction for such a demand,” added Mr. Dayal.

Meanwhile, radical outfit Dal Khalsa and Simranjeet Singh Mann-led Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) has urged Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) to clear the “vagueness and ambiguity” in its 2020 referendum proposal.

SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjeet Singh Mann and Harpal Singh Cheema, president of the Dal Khalsa, in a letter to the SFJ leadership have asked it to spell out, during the event in London on August 12, how they were going to implement the proposal as there were many grey areas in it.

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