A day after chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Kaithal announced to form the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC), the Amritsar-based SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has warned the government against dividing the community for the sake of politics. He said that they would not tolerate this and Hooda should not live in an illusion that he would succeed in creating the HSGPC.
Makkar stated this in Jind on Monday while protesting against state government move. He said that he would shortly meet union home minister in this regard.
Criticising Hooda, Makkar said real Sikhs do not endorse the move and they didn’t even attend the function of the Congress party. He said that whenever Congress government was at the helm of affairs, the Sikh community suffered atrocities. He also recalled the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
He said that politicians who endorsed HSGPC were the enemies of the community. On the charge of stepmotherly behaviour by SGPC with the Haryana Sikhs, he said that charge held true to the Hooda government, which was not granting CLUs (change of land use) permissions to schools and colleges run by SGPC.
He also took on Hooda for insulting the Sikh community by not bowing while accepting a Siropa in Kaithal on Sunday. He also raised objection to gifting of the replica of the Golden Temple to Hooda at the event.
Amritsar: SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar stated that the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in Haryana might have announced a separate gurdwara body in its state but the committee would continue to oppose it.
He also condemned the alleged manhandling of some Sikhs who had shown black flags to Hooda at the Sunday rally in Kaithal where he had announced the decision.
“The Congress wants to suppress all genuine voices of protest and reason,” he added, reiterating his stand.