Dera-Sikh row: CPM warns Punjab Govt
Tribune News Service
The Haryana state committee of the CPM has warned the Punjab Government against adopting a partisan attitude in dealing with the ongoing tussle between followers of the Sirsa-based dera and Sikh religious organisations.
The party has also condemned the political parties for patronising religious bodies for getting electoral favours. "The present situation is a result of the dangerous trend set by the political parties, which have been exploiting the religious sentiments of people for furthering their vested interests," CPM state secretary Inderjit Singh said in a statement issued here today.
Expressing deep concern over the recent happenings in various parts of Punjab and Haryana over the issue, the CPM state committee has termed the entire episode as "unfortunate". The committee said the countrymen had already suffered a lot due to such gross political misuse of religion. Recalling that serious allegations of criminal nature had been pending against the dera chief for the past several years, the CPM state secretary maintained that it was highly objectionable that instead of the dera chief proving his innocence, his followers resorted to mob tactics to prevent the CBI from inquiring into the allegations.