Ahead of reshuffle, Sikhs demand representation in cabinet

JAMMU, APR 22: The Sikh community in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday demanded representation in the state cabinet, claiming that there has been no Sikh Cabinet rank minister in the J&K government for more than a decade.
The members of various Sikh organisations held a Joint Press Conference here in Jammu in which they demanded cabinet berth for leader from this minority community in the state.
While addressing Media, they said, “We have voted for BJP so that we can get our representation in the State Government. We are thankful that Charanjeet Singh Khalsa was inducted as MLC but we feel that it is high time BJP should induct him into Cabinet so that Sikhs don’t feel that they are being neglected in BJP-PDP Government”. S. Charanjeet Singh Khalsa represents the Sikh Community in Both the areas including Far-flung areas of Kashmir as well as Jammu where the Sikh community is living and facing hardships but has no representative where they can go for the redressal of their grievances and support.
This demand of Sikh community came days before the BJP is scheduled to carry a major reshuffle in State Cabinet after all its Cabinet rank ministers submitted their resignation to State Party President Sat Sharma. BJP is expected to bring new faces into Cabinet.
The members of Sikh community appealed to BJP high command to look into this long due demand of this minority community. Prominent Sikh Leader said, “We are hopeful that BJP top leadership including Amit Shah and Ram Madhav will give our community representation in upcoming Cabinet reshuffle. We appeal BJP top brass to take a positive call this time”.
Among the prominent Sikh leaders present were Manjeet Singh (Representing Kashmir Sikh Sangat), Jagjeet Singh (President, DGPC Jammu), Jathedar Mohinder Singh (President, Shiromani Akali Dal Badal J&K), Babu Singh (Gen. Sec. Shiromani Akali Dal Badal J&K), Sewa Singh (President, Kashmir Sikh Sangat), Capt. Bana Singh (Paramveer Chakra), H.S. Raina (Member, DGPC), Suchwant Singh (Ex-Director Agriculture), Jagjeet Singh (Convener, MJR-47), Gurjeet Singh (Gen. Sec. J&K Lobana Biradari), Joginder Singh Bali (Prominent Businessman), Advocate Surinder Singh, Ajit Singh Mastana (Punjabi Sahitya Sabha), Sukhdev Singh (Chairman, Lobana Biradari, R.S. Pura) and Harbans Singh (Contractor, Baramulla).