The political heat has started rising at Nada Sahib gurdwara in Panchkula district with former agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah holding a meeting of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) members, ex MLAs and other leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) over the issue of Haryana Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (HSGMC).
Langah, also a SGPC member, while addressing the meeting asked to bring as many people as they could. "We will give a proper reply. We will teach them a lesson. Earlier also they got wasted our whole generation," said Langah.
"SGPC was formed after a long struggle and Britishers had to give nod for it. Even after formation of Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, we used to get elected members from these states. Jhinda, Nalwi and Chattha have been rejected by people (in the last SGPC elections)," he said, adding that with the Congress support they now wanted to grab gurdwaras.
He said that earlier also the Congress had committed atrocities on Sikhs. "… They have started again. They are trying to weaken us. Our leader Parkash Singh Badal is ready to sacrifice his life (over the issue)," he added.
He threatened, "The situation will emerge which will be difficult to handle (for Congress)."
When asked about any preparation to stop physical takeover of Nada Sahib gurdwara, Langah said, "We will not allow any separate committee to run it…Haryana Sikhs are not with them. They have brought Sarna who is doing 'kar sewa' for the Congress. These people can't take over gurdwaras."
Former MLA Veer Singh Lopoke, who is also a member of the SGPC, while addressing the gathering, raised the slogans in favour of SAD, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Former Akali minister Satwant Kaur Sandhu was also present in the meeting at Nada Sahib.
SGPC crucial meeting today
On the future course of action, Langah said that it would be announced after SGPC's core committee meeting at Chandigarh on Saturday. The meeting would start at 11 am.