Cong leader Partap Bajwa seeks special Punjab Assembly session to discuss sacrilege issue

  • | Wednesday | 27th July, 2022

Chandigarh, Jul 27 (PTI) Senior Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa on Wednesday wrote to Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann seeking a one-day special session of the Punjab Assembly to deliberate on the "continuous attempts" to desecrate the Guru Granth Sahib.The Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly also wrote to Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan in this regard.In his letters, Bajwa said sacrilege incidents are nothing short of a grave crime for which the most deterrent punishment should be given to the perpetrators."However, with the lenient contemporary laws, the culprits are fearlessly going ahead with their acts of desecration due to which the number of such incidents has reached more than 400 in the last few years," Bajwa claimed.The Qadian MLA said he saw tears rolling down the eyes of the devotees who attended the July 17 Khalsa Congregation on the issue of sacrilege at Sri Fatehgarh Sahib."I fail to understand how can we as politicians be (so) insensitive that we cannot wipe the tears of the people of our state," he said in his letter.Bajwa urged the chief minister and the Speaker to convene a one-day special session of the Punjab Assembly "to seriously deliberate upon this emotive issue and arrive at meaningful decisions to assuage the feelings of widespread hurt." Notably, in 2015, a "bir" (copy) of the Guru Granth Sahib was stolen from a gurdwara, handwritten sacrilegious posters were put up and torn pages of the holy book were found scattered in separate incidents in Faridkot in 2015.These incidents led to anti-sacrilege protests in Faridkot.In police firing at anti-sacrilege protesters in October 2015, two persons were killed in Behbal Kalan and a few others were injured in Kotkapura. PTI CHS VSD DIV DIV

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