Amritsar: Akali Dal has decided to postpone its action plan for the achievement of autonomy envisaged in the Anandpur Sahib resolution to June 1. Akali Dal was to resume the morcha suspended after the army occupation of Punjab in June 1984 from April 12, and its leaders had adopted a tough line regarding negotiations with the Government. The tough line, according to reliable sources was necessitated by the angry mood and injured feelings of the Sikh masses. The credibility of the Akali leaders has been seriously affected by their ignominious surrender to
The army and Akalis are engaged in the difficult task of establishing their bonafides.The sources feel that their task appears almost impossible in the view of the influence that the Sikh youth has come to command in Punjab.
Akali Dal has postponed the action plan in view of Government’s announcement in the parliament conceding their two major preconditions institution of judicial enquiry into the antiSikh riots that took place after Mrs. Gandhi’s assassination and lifting of ban from the All India Sikh Students Federation.
Article extracted from this publication >> April 19, 1985