Toughening its stand on the shrine management row, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Thursday said it would not allow the Haryana government to hand over the sewa of the shrines to anyone at any cost.
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said here that the formation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) would be an insult to all Sikh institutes, and “Sikhs of Haryana would not be seen in gurdwaras to stop the interference of outside elements”. He visited the historic Chhevin Patshahi gurdrawa here.
“We have more than 60 sewadars each at our gurdwaras to ensure that no unscrupulous element enters shrines. We are not worried about any forcible attempt as the volunteer Sikh sangat is there for such a situation,” he said. The SGPC chief said he hoped for a positive response from the Centre on the HSGMC, adding that the Punjab CM might launch an agitation against the Haryana government. “Jis din Badal saab sadak te uttarange, pher pata challu ki ki honda hai ithe (The day Badal hits the road, you’ll see what happens),” said Makkar.