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Now, BJP against demand for HSGPC

Doing a somersault from its earlier stated position, the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday said it was against the formation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) in the state as it was the prerogative of the SGPC and Sikh community.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 05, 2014 09:41 IST
HT Correspondent

Doing a somersault from its earlier stated position, the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday said it was against the formation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) in the state as it was the prerogative of the SGPC and Sikh community.

Interacting with newspersons here, state BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma said his party was not for a separate SGPC in Haryana and that the announcement of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in the context was a political stunt aiming to cause a rift between the Sikh community.

“We are against any such move which would cause a rift in the Sikh community,” he said and added that it was solely a prerogative of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Sikh community and they wanted it to ne resolved amicably.

Coming down heavily on Hooda, Sharma held that it was purely for Congress’ political interest that Hooda attempted to draw Sikh voters closer to Congress only in the wake of ensuing assembly election.

“Had Hooda really intended to form a separate HSGPC, he should have done it in the past 10 years ever since Congress came to power in the state and Hooda remained the CM,” he said.

However, Sharma’s statements came as an opposite of party’s earlier stand as it was on March 15, 2007, that BJP MLA, Naresh Malik, had supported a non-official resolution in favour of a separate SGPC in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha. Sharma’s move too was being seen as a political maneuvering, as it foresaw a difficult situation in the light of ruling Congress’ move to table a Bill in the assembly and send it to Centre, a few days from now.