New Delhi, June 16: Lashing out at Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Sukhpal Singh Khaira for announcing his support for Punjab Referendum 2020 for Khalistan, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener to clarify his stand on the referendum. Also Read - Bird Flu: After Samples Test Negative, Delhi Govt Lifts Ban on Sale, Import of Poultry Products
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Punjab CM posted,”Mr Arvind Kejriwal, I strongly condemn the statement of your LOP Sukhpal Khaira supporting Referendum 2020 that aims for Punjab to secede from the Indian Union. Please clarify your stand on this and ask your party-men to act responsibly. Do see what this Referendum stands for.” Also Read - Delhi Vaccination Drive to be Held at 81 Centres, Four Days a Week: CM Arvind Kejriwal
Besides the Punjab CM, three other Congress legislators have also condemned Khaira for backing Punjab Referendum 2020. Also Read - AAP Starts Installing Wi-Fi Hotspots at Tikri border for protesting farmers, Second Spot After Singhu
His remarks came a day after Khaira had extended support to the Referendum 2020 saying,”Although I’m not a votary of 2020 referendum seeking a separate homeland for Sikhs but i don’t hesitate to say that it’s a result of a consistent policy of bias, discrimination n persecution of Sikhs ever since partition, be it attack on Darbar Sahib, genocide of Sikhs in 1984 etc!”
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) also lashed out at Khaira saying his statement has proved AAP’s divisive style of politics. Hitting Khout at Kaira, former state minister Bikram Singh Majithia said that the SAD will not allow anyone to divide the country. He also asked CM Kejriwal to clarify his stand.
Reacting over the issue, BJP Punjab Vice president Ani Sarin said,”Punjab govt should register case against Sukhpal Khaira for his remarks. Arvind Kejriwal should clear his stance. Sukhpal should also be dismissed from post of leader of opposition.”