Won't allow Haryana to hand over sewa of shrines to anyone: SGPC

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  • Updated: Jul 17, 2014 23:18 IST

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 it would not be tolerated at any cost.

"A Sikh can go to any extent to maintain sanctity of gurdwaras. Though the SGPC had not sent any additional task force to Haryana, you will soon see the presence of Sikhs of Haryana in gurdwaras to stop interference of outside elements," he said.
Makkar, along with some SGPC members, visited the historic Chhevin Patshahi gurdrawa here on Thursday evening.

Makkar said that since the Haryana government had no legal right to constitute the HSGMC, the SGPC would not allow any outside agency to enter the gurdwaras.
"We have more than 60 sewadars each at our gurdwaras to ensure that no unscrupulous element enters the shrines. We are not worried about any forcible attempt as the volunteer Sikh sangat is there to take stock of such a situation," he said.

The SGPC chief said he hoped a positive response from the Centre on the HSGMC and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal 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, then only you'll know as to what will happen here)," said Makkar.

Meanwhile, in a new twist to the issue, the SGPC said setting up of the HSGMC meant direct control of the Haryana government on all gurdwaras and its properties in the state.

Makkar said the HSGMC was a money bill and according to the rules, the state government would have a direct control on the donations, land and entire management of the gurdwaras.

"The Bhupinder Singh Hooda government is misleading all as the HSGMC Act paves way for gurdwaras under direct control of the state government and not any independent body. Moreover, it is illegal for the state government to pass a bill and enact it as an Act," said Makkar, while alleging that the governor had also violated rules by giving his assent to the Bill.

Makkar said he would undertake a tour of Haryana to apprise Sikhs of how Jhinda, Nalwi and HS Chattha had violated the hukamnama of the Akal Takht.

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