The Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi came down heavily on the Kejriwal government for imposing odd-even restrictions on the most sacred fortnight of Guru Nanak Sahib’s 550th birth-anniversary celebrations.
SADD chief Paramjit Singh Sarna wondered why the AAP chief minister, facing elections in some months, instead skipped the most polluting weeks between Dussehra and Diwali for his unpopular scheme.
"Is he playing to the soft-Hindutva gallery? Why sidestep the Dussehra-Diwali period and instead choose the most historic and the most sacred fortnight on the Sikh calendar to impose traffic restrictions?” asked Sarna.
Kejriwal’s announcement, the SADD chief noted, has once again cast suspicions on his political ideology.
"On two major occasions recently, the Delhi CM switched his ideological loyalty towards majoritarian forces as opposed to proponents of secularism and federalism,” recounted Sardar Sarna. "Most recently, he sided with the decision to abrogate 370 in Kashmir. Earlier, he chose to shun what could have been a potential gathbandhan of secular ideologies in Delhi during general elections. His odd-even restrictions during gurpurab celebrations as opposed to the polluting weeks of Dussehra and Diwali seem to be driven by similar majoritarian appeasement,” said Sarna.
The SADD demanded the Kejriwal government immediately either revoke or reschedule the traffic scheme.
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