Chandigarh, June 16 : Condemning the leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira’s statement of announcing his support for Punjab Referendum 2020 for Khalistan and supporting the creation of a separate Sikh nation, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has asked Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to clarify his stand on the referendum.
“I strongly condemn the statement by leader of opposition Sukhpal Khaira supporting Referendum 2020(Khalistan) that aims for Punjab to secede from Indian Union. Please clarify your stand&ask your partymen to act responsibly. Do see what this Referendum stands for, tweets Punjab CM
Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh condemns the statement by leader of opposition Sukhpal Khaira supporting Referendum 2020 (Khalistan) that aims for Punjab to secede from Indian Union, asks Arvind Kejriwal to clarify stand on his partyman’s support for pro Khalistan referendum 2020. pic.twitter.com/DbJ3CpYvxt
— ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2018
The Punjab Chief Minister’s statement came a day after Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira on Friday extended support to the Referendum 2020 saying Sikhs had the right to demand justice against “atrocities” suffered by them.
Khaira insisted that he owes allegiance to the Constitution of India and stood for united India but said Sikhs were “justified in demanding justice for sufferings during the 1984 riots.” He said that the groups backing the referendum functioned from independent countries and within the law of those countries.
The Punjab Police have banned some organisations supporting the referendum. It had also booked some of the main leaders for waging a war against India.