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Desecration rage unabated in Faridkot, Akalis feel the heat


Desecration rage unabated in Faridkot, Akalis feel the heat

Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Faridkot, May 13

Black flags is the new normal here. Such is the fury against the Akalis that SAD posters pasted in the night are found smeared or torn the following day. Akali supporters are confronted and chased away by villagers. It was at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala in Faridkot constituency that Guru Granth Sahib was stolen from a gurdwara in June 2015 and torn pages were later found in the streets of Bargari, triggering violent protests, resulting in the death of two persons at Behbal Kalan.

A little known Sadhu Singh, a retired college lecturer and AAP candidate, had won the 2014 elections with a massive margin of 1.72 lakh votes. This time, the SAD-BJP alliance has fielded former Cabinet Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike, who hails from Amritsar, while the Congress has picked singer Mohammad Sadiq.

Ranike, who tried to campaign in Bargari and Behbal Kalan, was shown black flags and turned away. Local Akali leaders proved of little help.

“The Akalis couldn’t find a candidate from this constituency. Nobody wanted to take the risk,” says farmer Hardev Singh of Manuk village. “We voted for Sadhu Singh last time. But he too didn’t turn up after the victory,” he says. Sadhu Singh’s campaign has yet to take off. In Bagha Purana, local MLA Darshan Singh Brar  hands over the microphone to Sadiq’s singing partner Ranjit Kaur. “Remember what the Akalis did to our Guru,” he tells the gathering.

Ranjit Kaur seeks votes, pleading: “We (she and Sadiq) attended weddings of your grandparents and parents. We are together again for elections. Please show respect for the songs we have rendered for 40-45 years.” The gathering demands that she must sing. She smiles. “I will sing for you even without instruments,” she says.

Sadiq begins with a tribute to freedom fighters. “Nehru and Dr Ambedkar built a country where everybody was given equal rights. But Modi is changing all that.” He narrates the tale of a man with two wives, one arrogant, the other humble. “Modi is like that arrogant wife who demolishes everything,” he explains.

“Ek Modi Sahib da chela Amit Shah Abdali... Yaro, eh kaisa banda hai? Jadon mooh kholda, aag hi uglda. (Modi’s disciple Amit Shah ‘Abdali’ is a strange man who spits fire each time he speaks)”.

Facts mean little to Sadiq and the gathering. “Modi seems PM of only Gujarat. The CJI is a Gujarati, RBI Governor is a Gujarati, CBI Director is a Gujarati and ‘Chief Secretaries’ of all ‘big’ departments are also Gujarati,” he claims, the voters clinging to every word he utters.

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