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Supporters of Sikh faction slam Advani as his 'Jan Chetana Yatra' enters Amritsar

Amritsar, Tue, 15 Nov 2011 ANI

Amritsar, Nov. 15 (ANI): Supporters of the Mann faction of the collection of Sikh political parties slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani as his anti-graft tour entered Punjab's Amritsar city on Tuesday.


The hard-line group, who staged a protest inside the temple premises here, accused the government of having turned a blind eye to the killing of Sikhs and blamed Advani for harming the integrity of the Sikh women.


"I want to say that those people who tried to attack the temple by influencing Indira Gandhi and he is the same Advani, who had harmed the integrity of our women and our youth. These people who have harmed us are not being opposed but are being given protection by the government. Their conscience has died," said Mandeep Singh, a protestor.


"We would never ask the people who attacked our temple. Has he come to apologize or to sprinkle salt on the burn?" he added.


Simranjit Singh Mann, the chief of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), claimed that it was Advani, who had advised late former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, to instigate military operation against the Sikhs in 1984 in Golden temple, in which thousands of Sikhs had died.


"They should be shameful that on June 6, 1984, the person who murdered 20, 000 Sikhs including our wives, children and elders, that person today is entering the 'darbar'," said Mann.


83-year-old Advani is presently on a nationwide 'Jan Chetana Yatra'. He kicked off his nationwide tour from Sitab Diara village in Bihar on October 11, to take on the UPA Government on the corruption issue and press for the return of black money stashed away abroad.


The 38-day long yatra will conclude in Delhi on November 20 in the form of a massive rally. (ANI)


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