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What was Punjab Suba Movement?

Punjab Suba Movement:

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) commemorated the first entry of a police force inside the Golden Temple on 4th July, 1955 during the Punjab Suba movement (Morcha).

  • It started in Punjab soon after Independence. Shiromani Akali Dal (Political Party) was leading the movement for a Punjabi speaking state.
  • However, there was also opposition to this idea.
  • Those in favour of the demand used to raise the slogan Punjabi Suba Amar Rahe and those opposing the demand were raising slogans in favour of ‘Maha-Punjab’.
  • It was in April, 1955 that the government banned the slogans fearing law and order problems under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
  • The demand for creation of Punjabi Suba automatically gave basis to the demand for having a separate state of Haryana.
  • Demand of the Movement: A Punjabi speaking state which will have Punjabi speaking areas’ population.
  • There should be no attempt to temper for increasing or decreasing its size artificially. The Punjabi speaking state will be under the Indian Constitution.