The DSGMC is now in the hands of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of the Badals, which also control the Amritsar-based religious body.
Replying to a query by the media, Makkar said that on a number of occasions in the past he had advised the Sarnas not to adopt the path of confrontation and give due respect to the Akal Takht. "But he chose to ignore my advice," the SGPC chief claimed.
Makkar alleged that the Sarnas used gurdwaras to settle political scores with their opponents. Instead of laying stress on religion and Gurbani and improving the management of shrines, the Sarnas used gurdwaras as political battlegrounds, he claimed.
Makkar said that one area where the SGPC would provide all assistance to the DSGMC was the preaching of Sikhism among the Sikhs of Delhi.
He said that he would be visiting Pakistan in March and hold talks with the government there on the issue of better management of historical Sikh shrines. "I will put forth the long-pending demand of the Sikhs for giving more say to the SGPC in the management of historical shrines in Pakistan," he added.