A day after the Haryana government set the stage for a separate gurdwara committee, the Akal Takht, highest temporal seat of Sikhs, has again appealed to the community in the neighbouring state to reject the “divisive move”.
A bill for forming Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC) is announced. On Monday, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said its separating would devalue the sacrifices that the community had made for getting the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
“We must all reject this attempt to weaken the SGPC, our parent body. Sikhs must defeat the Congress designs,” the jathedar said, adding: “The Congress has a history of interfering in our religious matters.”
Protests to continue, says Makkar
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar stated that the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in Haryana might have announced a separate gurdwara body in its state but the committee would continue to oppose it. He also condemned the alleged manhandling of some Sikhs who had shown black flags to Hooda at the Sunday rally in Kaithal where he had announced the decision.
“The Congress wants to suppress all genuine voices of protest and reason,” he added.