NEW DELHI, India: The statement of Rajiv Gandhi commending the efforts of Jain Acharya Sushil Muni has been welcomed by U.A.D. leaders. Also senior U.A.D. leader denied any knowledge of behind the scene efforts to find the solution to the problem. They feel, a settlement should be arrived at and that they do not mind it if it’s arrived at with militant leaders, Badal and SukhJinder Singh said, we welcome in guarded words, the statement of

Prime Minister supporting the efforts of Acharya Sushil Muni to find a political solution to the Punjab problem if made honestly and sincerely to find an honorable solution to the entire satisfaction of Sikhs. The two U. A.D. leaders said “We feel happy. Our stand that suppression is not an answer has been vindicated although it is belated realization that the political aspiration of the people can be neither suppressed nor dealt with as a law and order problem. They urged the Prime Minister to take a bold initiative to assuage the hurt feelings of the Sikhs. Badal and Sukhjinder Singh who had a hectic tour of this district in connection with February 11 convention said that there was a great enthusiasm for the convention. They demanded an immediate release of Jagdev Singh Talwandi, Gurcharan Singh Tohra on health ground.

Article extracted from this publication >> February 19, 1988