Simranjit Singh Mann Backs BJP demand on Chandigarh, but opposes Longowal Accord

Simranjit Singh MannFAZILKA, Punjab—Sikh nationalist political party Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by former MP Simranjit Singh Mann, has extended its support to Punjab BJP demand of transferring Chandigarh to Punjab. However, it has opposed the Rajiv-Longowal accord, saying no area in Punjab should be allowed to be transferred to Haryana in lieu of Chandigarh.

The demand was raised by BJP state president Kamal Sharma in a press conference held at Chandigarh.

A memorandum was also submitted by the party leaders to the Fazilka Deputy Commissioner. The leaders included Emann Singh Mann, son of Simranjit Singh Mann, Jaskaran Singh Kahansinghwala, party general secretary, Parminder Singh Balianwali, Bathinda district unit president, Jasbir Singh Bhullar, Ferozepur district unit chief, Iqbal Singh Bariwala, Muktsar district unit chief, Balwinder Singh Mander, Mansa district president, and Iqbal Singh Kussa, president of the Moga district unit.

The leaders criticized the Rajiv-Longowal accord, saying that no area in Punjab should be shifted to Haryana in lieu of Chandigarh.

The transfer of Fazilka-Abohar territories remained a bone of contention between Punjab and Haryana in the mid-eighties.



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