HSGMC row: BJP’s Haryana victory raises SGPC hopes

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Fatehgarh Sahib
  • Updated: Oct 21, 2014 14:24 IST

Even though the Indian National Lok Dal-Shiromani Akali Dal alliance put up a dismal show in the Haryana assembly polls, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to ask the new BJP government to review the resolution passed by the previous Congress government for the formation of a separate gurdwara management committee.

Talking to HT, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar, who was here to preside over the executive committee meeting, said since the BJP was the SAD’s alliance partner in Punjab, he was hopeful of pursuing the matter through the SAD-led government. He said even though the case in this regard was pending in the Supreme Court, the SGPC would try to convince the BJP government to review the Congress government’s ‘vicious’ move to divide the Sikhs by forming the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC).

When it was pointed out that the SAD had supported the INLD, not the BJP, in Haryana, Makkar said they would hold detailed deliberations on the issue with senior leaders of the SAD-BJP government before pursuing the matter.

About the resolution passed by the executive committee, the SGPC chief said they had approved the recommendation of the relief committee formed in Jammu and Kashmir for providing financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh each to 127 Sikh families who had lost their houses in the recent floods.

He said compensation of Rs 50,000 would be given in the case of partially damaged houses, while Rs 25,000 would be given for those with minor damages. He said the committee had also passed a resolution to provide Rs 50,000 to the kin of the people who had lost their lives during the floods.

About kar sewa in Pakistan’s Sikh shrines being allotted to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Makkar said the SGPC had held meetings with the Pakistan government, but still the latter had decided in favour of the DSGMC.

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