Harijan Colony issue: Sikh delegation to meet Amit Shah

Shillong, Oct 14: A Sikh delegation from Delhi on Thursday said that they will take up the matter on the Harijan Colony issue with the Union Home Minister of India, Amit Shah and with the appropriate court again.

Talking to media persons after meeting Meghalaya Governor, Satya Pal Malik, the delegation led by Shiromani Akali Dal leader and president of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, Manjinder Singh Sirsa and included secretary of the Harijan Panchayat Committee (HPC), Gurjit Singh said they will apprise the Union Home Minister on the issue.

“If the government wants to relocate the residents it should be mutual but it can’t be forceful,” Manjinder Singh Sirsa said.

The president of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee also said that they do not want to move from there first of all – but at the same time if there is an agreement, the government should sit with them and discuss.”

However, Sirsa said that it cannot be a one sided order that the Chief Minister had decided to relocate them and they will be relocated.

“What is the proposal Where is the proposal? There is no such proposal. They didn’t even call them for a meeting. So if there is any kind of proposal, then they should discuss with them and let them take a call. This shouldn’t be forcefully,” he added.

Sirsa also said that the members of the HPC representing the residents of Harijan Colony were not invited by the HLC.

Stating that the decision made by the HLC was arbitrary since the government has already made up their mind.

“This order is with a preconceived mind because they want them to evict, they want to clean this area,” he added.

Sirsa also stated that the HLC has gone beyond their jurisdiction.

He alleged that the government wants to communalise the situation.

“The government for the purpose of election is doing this and I request the Chief Minister of the state that being a Chief Minister you are duty bound to save the minorities and majority and while it comes to the minority they might have 400 votes but as a Chief Minister you are constitutionally bound to protect them,” Sirsa said.

The Shiromani Akali Dal leader also said that the government is neither giving them the copy of the HLC report nor are they sharing the tripartite agreement which they have made with the Syiem of Mylliem.

“What is the purpose that they want to share with them? Why are they hiding, there is something fishy that is the reason they are hiding,” Sirsa said. 

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