Amritsar: Sikh for Justice group has threatened Bharatiya Janata Party of serious consequences if they remove SFJ’s posters. The pro-Khalistan group has been putting up posters in different parts of Punjab calling for a referendum on independence from Indian State by 2020.
India today reports, the SFJ group threatened Bhartiya Janata Party directly in a statement, if they try to remove such hoardings or pose any hindrance in their movement. “BJP will face serious consequences if they remove the Referendum 2020 hoardings,” SFJ spokesperson Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said in a statement.
The posters have been put in towns- Dhanaula, Rajpura, Fatehgarh and many other places depicting a life-size portrait of slain Khalistan militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale with the Golden Temple in the background.
Some private buildings were also spotted with posters carrying messages- Azadi hi hal (Independence is the only solution) on Saturday night.
Criticising Amarinder Singh’s govt for inaction, the BJP workers started to take these posters down themselves on Sunday.
Reacting to the threat given by the pro-Khalistan group SFJ, BJP secretary Vineet Joshi said that the party is not afraid of the separatists who do not even have supporters in Punjab.
“Sikhs For Justice is funded by Pakistan and has no office in Punjab. This blacklisted group is speaking the language of Pakistan and by putting referendum hoardings is trying to disrupt peace. We are ready for any sacrifice and will not let any divisive forces to launch anti-India propaganda,” Vineet Joshi added.
Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal said, “There are some fringe Khalistan groups who are indulging in acts like this for cheap publicity. They should keep in mind that they cannot fool the people of Punjab who know the value of peace and paid a heavy price to regain it. Law will prevail and we are taking necessary steps to deal with such elements.”