A five-member delegation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) led by its ad hoc president Jagdish Singh Jhinda and senior vice-president Didar Singh Nalwi met Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at Chandigarh Monday morning.
After meeting the CM, Jhinda and Nalwi said that their ‘sewa sambhal morcha’ at Kurukshetra would continue till they get the possession of the gurdwaras of Haryana.
“We will not indulge in any unlawful or unruly activity nor forcefully take the possession as they want peace at all costs,” they said. They also called upon Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to call back ‘his men’ and let the HSGMC workers serve these gurdwaras.
They said Hooda had assured them that the state government would find out an amicable solution to the issue.
Nalwi told Hindustan Times that former president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Paramjit Singh Sarna was a key leader roped into to start dialogue with various groups.
A political bête noire of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Sarna is considered close to the Congress leadership. Badal’s party had overthrown Sarna’s Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) in the last DSGMC elections. The HSGMC delegation was convinced that the Congress government was working seriously to evict the state gurdwaras from the possession by the SAD activists and the security task force of the SGPC.
Nalwi admitted that those occupying the gurdwaras illegally were provoking the Sikh sangat of Sewa Sambhal Morcha camping outside Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi in Kurukshetra to indulge in violence and the HSGMC had to be very cautious about it. “We are determined to remain calm but will not move till ‘intruders’ are driven away. Badal has embroiled the Akal Takht in an unnecessary controversy,” he said.
However, Nalwi said that the Congress would get electoral support from the Sikhs of Haryana in the forthcoming assembly elections: “INLD has announced that if voted to power, the HSGMC will be scrapped and BJP has also not supported the panel. The community has to go with Congress.”