Reacting to Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s announcement to form a separate Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) for Haryana Sikhs, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has dubbed the Congress move an attempt to divide the Sikh community for grabbing power ahead of the forthcoming assembly polls.
INLD state president Ashok Arora, in a press release, said Hooda’s announcement reiterated the fact that the Congress played divisive cards sometimes in the name of caste and religion and sometimes for creating communal tension between Hindus and Sikhs.
He said the Congress, after a rout in the recent Lok Sabha polls, was foreseeing a defeat in the assembly polls and were now trying to divide the Sikhs for swaying their votebank.
Taking a dig at the CM’s announcement to bring a bill in the assembly regarding forming an SGPC for Haryana, he said the ruling government wanted to propose a bill which did not fall in its jurisdiction.
He said the Gurdwara Act was a central law and any amendment in it could be done only in Parliament, adding that the Haryana government’s move was just a ploy to mislead the state’s Sikh community.
Clarifying the party’s stand, he said the INLD did not endorse any involvement of politics in religious matters.
On Haryana Sikhs’ demand for a separate SGPC, he said some community members had met them regarding the issue and they had talks with Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
He said their party was of the view that the Sikh community should function under the Akal Takht and it should have one SGPC and there should be a sub-committee for Haryana Sikhs.