Nalwi accuses Badal of trying to muzzle federal structure

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2014 20:53 IST

Supporter of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) Didar Singh Nalwi has charged the Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal with "murdering" the federal structure by demanding the Haryana government to recall its decision on the formation of an independent religious Sikh panel.

Reacting on the row over Centre's letter to the Haryana chief secretary asking to withdraw Governor's assent on the HSGMC, Nalwi said that it was unfortunate that the Narendra Modi government wanted to tow the Akalis' line by muzzling the constitutional procedures.

"Badal is one of the senior most politicians of India and claims to be a strong votary of strong federal structure. In this case, where House of Haryana assembly passed a resolution and the governor duly signed the Bill, Badal wants to annual it. It is more shocking that Modi government is towing the line of Badal who had financial interests in the SGPC," alleged Nalwi, who, along with two other Sikh leaders, was excommunicated by Akal Takht for demanding a separate committee to manage gurdwaras of Haryana.

He said that it would be considered as a "dark day" in the Indian history where Punjab government and Centre connived to settle political scores ignoring the legitimate right of Sikhs of Haryana.

"It was Badal's party that had signed on the papers in 1966 agreeing that a separate Sikh panel would be constituted on the lines of SGPC after Haryana was carved out of Punjab. Now, these Akali leaders are not only opposing the constitutional valid point but are spreading communal hatred and threatening to disturb law and order situation in Haryana," he alleged.

Nalwi also blamed the SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar for misleading sangat that the HSGMC would lead to direct control of the state government over gurdwaras.

"It is a plain lie as there is no such reference in the Bill. HSGMC charter is far more transparent and democratic than the SGPC and the body will have elected members with no political interference at all. On seeing that Badal and his family is set to lose all control over Haryana shrines, his cronies are out to confuse Sikh sangat by indulging in false propaganda," alleged Nalwi.

On his excommunication from Sikhism, Nalwi said that he would follow the advice of his supporters. "It is no more my personal grievance but of the Sikh sangat of Haryana and I will abide by their stand on excommunication," said Nalwi.

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