Divisive forces trying to rear head in Punjab: Congress

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Chandigarh : Leaders of the ruling Congress on Friday cautioned against divisive forces trying to raise their head in Punjab again and disrupt peace in the state through moves like 'Referendum 2020'.

Participating in a function to commemorate then Chief Minister Beant Singh's assassination on August 31, 1995, these leaders recalled his services in restoring peace in the trouble-torn state after a turbulent period of Sikh militancy (1981-1995).

An all-religion prayer meeting was held at the Beant Singh Memorial here.

Congress legislator and Beant Singh's grandson Gurkirat Singh Kotli warned that the divisive forces were again trying to damage the secular fabric of the state by supporting 'Referendum 2020' and spreading narco-terrorism.

Tributes were also paid by Cabinet Ministers Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Balbir Singh Sidhu, Vijay Inder Singla and Bharat Bhushan Ashu. Other family members of the slain leader were present.