Chandigarh, May 5, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
Former minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) General Secretary Bikram Singh Majithia today filed a complaint demanding registration of a case and appropriate punishment against former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh and Punjab health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu for hurting the religious sentiments of the Sikh community and promoting enmity between differently communities.
The SAD leader, who filed the complaint at the Sector three police station here, demanded action against both Congress leaders under sections 295- A, 298, 153-A and 153- B IPC for promoting enmity between different groups on religious lines besides maligning the minority community of Sikhs and Muslims.
As per the complaint, Mr Bikram Majithia said it seemed the ‘Nishkam Sewa’ rendered by Sikhs worldwide had infuriated Gandhi family loyalists. He said it was due to this that Mr Digvijay Singh had issued a divisive tweet which was full of hatred. He said the tweet, which was issued from the Congress leaders twitter handle, was aimed at maligning both Sikhs and Muslims with shameful comparisons.
Stating that the very fact that the most prominent Congress Spokesman had issued the tweet, Mr Majithia said it was clear that this was part of the Congress party’s divide and rule policy. He said the tweet, which was taken up by news organisations also, sought to stigmatise the Sikhs and consequently had hurt their religious sentiments.
In a separate complaint against Health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu, the SAD leader said the minister had given an interview to a newspaper in which he claimed that all the good work done by the State to contain COVID-19 had been ruined by Sikhs pilgrims who were repatriated from Sri Hazur Sahib in Maharashtra.
Mr Majithia said the Health minister also claimed that first NRI, then Tablighi Markaz and now Sikh pilgrims who had returned back from Nanded had caused a steep hike in COVID-19 cases in the State. He said these statements were circulated on social media and spread like wildfire.
Stating that these utterances were not only derogatory but aimed at promoting enmity between different groups, Mr Majithia said the Health minister had made these false and malicious imputations to deflect attention from his own failures in following ICMR and WHO norms.
He said this amounted to criminal negligence and the minister was liable for the same. He also pointed out that Balbir Sidhu had not refuted the news report and due action should be taken against him.