Makkar leads protest against HSGPC in Sirsa

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sirsa/Amritsar
  • Updated: Jul 08, 2014 23:15 IST

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar said on Tuesday that the 2.5 lakh affidavits of Sikhs in favour of a separate gurdwara body for Haryana, submitted by the Chatha committee were fake. He said that Akal Takht would act against those who had supported a separate Sikh body for Haryana. He was interacting with the mediapersons at Daswin Patshahi Gurudwara here on Tuesday.

He said that Haryana government was dividing the community for the sake of politics and it was a challenge to the Sikh community to stay united.

Makkar said that Hooda government was interfering in the religious affairs of the Sikh community, which would not be tolerated. He said that Haryana Sikhs knew that the Hooda government didn't grant change of land use permissions to schools and colleges run by the SGPC.

He said that majority of the Sikhs were against the creation of a separate gurdwara body for Haryana, which was clear from the ongoing protests across the state.

Earlier, Shiromani Akali Dal workers led by Makkar staged protest and marched up to the mini-secretariat, where they handed over a memorandum to deputy commissioner Anshaj Singh.

In the memorandum Makkar described the move to form the HSGPC as a "direct interference in the affairs of the Sikhs and an attempt to weaken the SGPC, the sole representative body of the Sikhs".

Earlier, addressing SAD members, Makkar warned the Haryana government to drop its proposed move to form a separate committee or else the Sikhs will "stand up" to unitedly oppose it. "Sikhs have always united when their religion has been threatened and this time too they will stand up to take on the Haryana government," he added.

Indicating that such protests will continue throughout Haryana, Makkar appealed to the Sikhs of the state to come out and oppose the designs of the government to divide and weaken the community.

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