@ Vikash Sharma | Sr Journalist
NEW DELHI— In the upcoming MCD elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal will throw its weight behind the party pledging to work relentlessly for the release of Bandi Singhs, its Delhi chief Paramjit Singh Sarna announced.
“After deliberations at our SAD meeting Wednesday, we have decided to keep the Bandi Singhs over and above immediate power game of electoral politics,” Sarna told reporters. “Our party will stand beside those who promise to work with utmost commitment for the release of Bandi Singhs.”
Sarna noted that the entire Sikh community watched how all the seven convicts in none other than the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case walked free after 30 years in prison this year, six of them earlier this month.
“If the state power yielded before Tamil sentiments, there’s no reason it shouldn’t before Sikh sentiments about the Bandi Singhs. We need to fine-tune our strategy in order to secure honourable release of Sikh prisoners. We need to make everybody realize how valuable our support is. If anyone wants it, then commit to securing the release of Bandi Singhs,” the Panthak leader said.
He pointed out that Delhi is home to the largest population of Sikhs in any metro city across India.
“We will appeal to Sikh voters to cast their valuable vote in Delhi to those who formally declare to work for the cause of the Bandi Singhs,” Sarna said.