SGPC protests against Hooda govt from today

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Jul 03, 2014 09:01 IST

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has announced to launch agitations to oppose the proposed move of the Haryana government to set up a Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee.

Senior vice-president of SGPC Raghujit Singh Virk told reporters here on Wednesday that the chain of demonstrations would start on Thursday from Kaithal, where a Sikh convention is scheduled to be held on July 6.

Later, similar protests would be held in Ambala, Karnal and other Sikh-dominated places to apprise the Sikh sangat about the ‘ill-designs’ of the state government in dividing the community.

“Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government is befooling the people as HSGPC cannot be constituted without the approval of the Centre and the consent of President of India. As the assembly elections are nearing, the Congress, which is already on a slippery political wicket, wants to use the religion for political gains,” said Virk.

He said various Sikh organisations, including the local gurdwara managements, were opposed to the idea of a separate Sikh panel for Haryana.

“We will not let it happen as for ming the HSGPC is unconstitutional and arbitrary. Protests would be held everywhere. If the Haryana government does not refrain from meddling into the affairs of
Sikhs, agitations would be scaled up to any level,” he said.

Virk blamed the Haryana government for ignoring the interests of Sikhs of the state and treating the SGPC as its enemy.

“Several education institutes, including Miri Piri Medical College at Shahbad Markanda in Kurukshetra, are pending as the state government has not granted noobjection certificate for unsaid reasons. Even the vehicles used in various SGPC-run educational institutes are not registered in Haryana,” he alleged.

On the statement of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MP Dushyant Chautala that his party was having discussions with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the SGPC to form a sub-committee to run the gurdwaras of Haryana, Virk said he was not aware of any such move.

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