HSGPC to start pol-khol campaign against Congress on panel issue

Upset over unavailability of an agenda on the formation of a separate Sikh gurdwara management panel in the ongoing Assembly session, Sikh leaders have decided to launch pol-khol campaign against Bhupinder Singh Hooda government.

President of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee Didar Singh Nalwi told Hindustan Times on Tuesday that the village-level awareness drive would be launched from this month from Sirsa.

He said that a team had prepared a detailed programme where the sikh sangat across the state would be informed about the anti-sikh stance of all political parties, particular Congress.

“After its formation in 1966, Haryana duly formed a wakaf board to manage various interests of the Muslim brethren but interests of sikhs had been oppressed by all political parties. In the assembly elections of 2004 and 2009, the Congress had put the issue of formation of HSGPC in its official election manifesto but it is dumped by Hooda since 2004,” Nalwi alleged.

Former registrar of Punjabi University, Nalwi along with Jagdish Singh Jhinda is credited with starting a campaign to form a separate sikh panel. Later, they parted away and the movement lost its momentum.

Nalwi said that the had high hopes that in the present session, the government would table the issue and implement for the betterment of the minority community.

Nalwi said that in 2006, a committee under the Haryana assembly speaker HS Chatha had invited affidavits from sikhs of the state. But its outcome was not declared and the matter is being delayed on pretext of “legal examination”.

“We feel suffocated in Haryana where the sikhs are treated as vote banks. Formation of separate sikh panel was passed by an Act of parliament after Haryana was carved out of Punjab in 1966. We are demanding our legitimate right but the state government care two hoot for the parliament,” said that Nalwi, a former member of SGPC from Kurukshetra segment.

The leader said that he had written several times of the prime minister, Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and all MLAs and MPs of Haryana about the issue not no one had responded.

Taking a dig at the National Minority Commission, Nalwi said that the body too had become a tool of political agents of the ruling parties.

“During his tenure the ex-president of Minority Commission HS Hanspal intervened and Punjabi was given the status of second official language of Haryana in March 2010. But now the commission is considering our legitimate demand bearing a stamp of the Indian parliament for political reasons,” he alleged.


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