Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa today said he would take the Union Home Minister’s move of the Meghalaya government to “evict” Sikhs living in Shillong.
Days after the Meghalaya cabinet approved a proposal to relocate “illegal settlers” from Shillong’s Them Iw Mawlong area, the Harijan Panchayat Samiti, which represents members of the Sikh community there, has said it wants to stop it. The Meghalaya state cabinet, earlier this week, took the decision based on the recommendation of a high-level committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Preston Tynsong to launch a “tooth and nail” campaign for the government.
According to an official statement, Mr. Randhawa said that he opposes the Meghalaya government’s decision to “evict Sikhs living in Shillong” and has decided to take up the matter with the Union Home Minister and the Chief Minister of Meghalaya.
Two years ago, a delegation of the Punjab government led by Mr. Randhawa had visited Shillong and met members of the Sikh community living there and had assured them at that time as well that it would take any steps against their displacement. Will oppose vehemently.
Mr. Randhawa strongly opposed the latest move of the Meghalaya government, saying that eviction of Sikhs is completely unjust.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that Sikhs have been living in Shillong for decades and the Punjab government strongly opposes this decision to displace them.
He said that the civil rights of these Sikhs who have been living in Shillong for more than 200 years will not be allowed to be trampled on at any cost.
Mr Randhawa alleged that the BJP-led NDA government has failed to instil a sense of security and trust among minorities across the country, who are “feeling insecure, the latest examples of which are being seen in Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh”. can”.
Harijan Panchayat Samiti secretary Gurjit Singh said yesterday that the organization representing the interests of hundreds of Dalit Sikh families living in Them Iv Mawlong area or Punjabi Gali for the past several years has rejected the report of the high-level committee.
Mr Singh had also said that his organization has vowed to “fight tooth and nail for the rights of the people living in the area till their last breath”.
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