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Khaira asks Badal to summon Assembly on French turban ban
WSN Network
Dec 17 , 2008


CHANDIGARH: Proactive Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira has asked Punjab CM and Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal to summon an emergency one day session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha to pass a unanimous resolution to support the case filed by United Sikhs before the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) challenging the ban on Sikhs to wear turbans by the French Government.


In a letter to Badal, Khaira said though the French ban on turban has been in effect since March 2004, not enough has been done by the Shiromani Akali Dal or the SGPC.


"Now that an independent group of Sikhs living in the USA and other European countries by the name of United Sikhs have filed a case before the UNHRC in New York, it is our moral duty to support their genuine grievance. By doing so we would respect the sentiments of those Sikhs who have been targetted by the French Govt. through this biased law," Khaira said in the letter, a copy of which was also sent to the Vidhan sabha Speaker, Nirmal Singh Kahlon.


Castigating the Badals and the Akali Dal for seeking votes by claiming that they are the sole representative party of the Sikhs, Khaira said it was rather the duty of the SAD and the SGPC to fight for the rights of affected Sikhs of France.


"It is never too late to support a good cause therefore, I request that the Govt. call an emergency session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha to pass a resolution in favour of Sikhs living in France to urge the French Govt. and the UNHRC to review this anti- Sikh law at the earliest...The Congress party would unconditionally support this unanimous resolution," he said.


He also said the SGPC should summon its general house meeting and pass a similar resolution there too. "Both resolutions would boost the morale of Sikhs across the globe," he added.


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