New Delhi — The Prime Minister, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, on Saturday said there was no indication so far of the Akali Dal making any positive move in response to the Government’s initiatives to “resolve” the Punjab problem.

“In an earnest desire to find an early solution to the Punjab tangle, the Government announced some steps two days ago. But there is a limit to which we can go. Now it is for the Akalis to make some positive moves. But there is no such indication so far,’’ Mr. Gandhi said while addressing a large gathering at his residence on Baisakhi day.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that some solution would be

Found to the Punjab problem and soon an atmosphere of peace and solidarity would be created. He, however, clarified that solidarity did not mean people belonging to any caste, community or religion would be suppressed.

Mr. Gandhi said the Government had been taking measures for the benefit of minority communities not only in Punjab but elsewhere also.

Although all efforts were being made to solve the Punjab problem, the unity and integrity of the country would not be allowed to be compromised. The Government endeavor in this regard required to be supplemented by collective efforts, he said.

Article extracted from this publication >>  April 26, 1985