Anandpur Sahib Agreement

After Operation Bluestar, Rajiv Gandhi reached a compromise with Longowal on 24 July 1985 called the Rajiv-Longowal Agreement. The government accepted Akali Dal`s demands, who, in turn, agreed to withdraw his agitation. The agreement drew opposition from several Orthodox Sikh leaders in Punjab and politicians in Haryana. Some of his promises could not be kept because of differences of opinion. Harchand Singh Longowal was assassinated by Sikh activists opposed to the deal. [8] But many other Sikh leaders have joined government officials, newspapers, and others in praising the agreement as a precursor to ending the confrontation between Sikhs in Punjab, the northern state where most of them live, and the central government.


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