Sikhs to pitch for representation in State Cabinet

To Start ‘Anti-Government Campaign’ Soon


Srinagar, Jan 16: All Party Sikh Coordination Committee Wednesday said it would start a campaign against the state government across the Sikh belts of Jammu and Kashmir it continues to ignore Sikh representation in the state cabinet.
“They have Sikh leaders in their party circles but none of them is given a cabinet berth so that the community could be benefited and treated as a minority in the state,” said Jagmohan Singh Raina, Convener APSCC. “In four years they have just given us hollow promises and nothing else.”
Raina said APSCC will start a tour of villages and towns of the state to educate minorities especially Sikhs on the “discrimination” they face from the government and how they have been “kept out from circles of power and governance.”
“We met Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and many of his cabinet colleagues in the past where they promised so many things but nothing has moved forward on any front so far,” said Raina. “In the coming general elections we will ask minority not to vote for the coalition for the simple reason that they don’t care about Sikhs and do not induct our politicians in the all important cabinet.”
He said Sikh community, which is one of the four minorities in the National Commission of Minority Act, is being neglected by the present government.
He said genuine problems of Sikh community remain unresolved as they have no say in governance. “We are being deprived of our legitimate rights,” he said. “We have no option, but to start a campaign against the government which is indifferent to our problems.”

Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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