The Sikh leaders supporting Haryana Sikh Gurdwara management Committee (HSGMC) has convened an urgent meeting at Kurukshetra on Thursday to discuss the scenario following Akal Takht decision to excommunicate their top two leaders Jagdish Singh Jhinda and Didar Singh Nalwi from the Sikh panth.
Haryana finance minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha has also been excommunicated by the Amritsar-based temporal seat of Sikhs. The decision to excommunicate Jhinda, Nalwi and Chatha was taken by five Sikh high priests on Wednesday for defying the directive of the Akal Takht and their role in forming the HSGMC. They will remain excommunicated as long as they do not approach the Akal Takht for forgiveness.
The core group of HSGMC supporters met at the PWD rest house in Ambala on Wednesday afternoon under the leadership of Jhinda to discuss the issue. Jhinda told HT on phone on Wednesday that the views of the Sikh sangat would be discussed in the meeting at Kurukshetra on Thursday and next course of action would be decided according to the feedback.
"We are contacting all the those who were part of the movement to form an independent Sikh panel for tomorrow's meeting," said Jhinda. While Nalwi refused to comment on the development saying that he had not received any hukumnama on the alleged excommunication, Jhinda said that the Akal Takht decision smacked of bias.
However, both leaders clarified that they had highest regard for the institution of Akal Takht. "I have yet to get any message and do not want to react on the basis of media reports. Moreover, such issues are personal between an individual and the Akal Takht. It is a sensitive issue for me and I am in no hurry to say anything," said Nalwi, while adding that he would attend tomorrow's meeting.
Meanwhile, Jhinda said that the Sikh sangat and eminent Sikhs from India and abroad had shown their solidarity with the HSGMC supporters. "Supporters are saying that demand of a HSGMC had not violated Sikh maryada as it was a parliamentary decision taken in 1966 when Haryana was carved out of Punjab. I also see that the Akal Takht's decision is aimed at to appease a section of Sikhs in Punjab," said Jhinda while adding that he would follow the advice of sangat. Finance minister Chattha could not be contacted for a comment.