BJP takes somersault, says party against separate HSGPC in Haryana

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh:
  • Updated: Jul 04, 2014 21:19 IST

Taking a complete somersault from its earlier stated position, the Haryana unit of Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday said it was against the formation of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC) in the state as it was prerogative of SGPC and Sikh community.

Interacting with newspersons here, the BJP state president Ram Bilas Sharma said his party was not for a separate SGPC in Haryana and that the announcement of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the context was a political stunt aiming to cause a rift between the Sikh community.

"We are against any such move which would cause a rift in the Sikh community," he said and added that it was solely a prerogative of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGOC) and Sikh community and they wanted it to ne resolved amicably.

Coming down heavily on Hooda, Sharma held that it was amply clear that it was purely for Congress' political interest that Hooda attempted to draw Sikh voters closer to Congress only in the wake of ensuing assembly election.

"Had Hooda really sought to form a separate HSGPC he would have done it anytime in the past 10 years ever since Congress came to power in state and Hooda remained chief minister since," he said.

However, Sharma's statements came as an opposite of party's earlier stand as it was on March 15, 2007, that BJP MLA, Naresh Malik, had supported a non-official resolution in favour of a separate SGPC in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha.

Sharma's move too was being seen as a political maneuvering, as it foresaw a difficult situation in the light of ruling Congress' move to table a Bill in the assembly and send it to Centre, a few days from now.

And with Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), a key ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre, which is against the HSGPC, the Haryana BJP unit now has vehemently opposed the same. Political observers opine that the Congress' move may get only mired in red tape and legal wranglings in days to come.

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