Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Thursday accused Congress of meddling in religious affairs of the Sikhs and wanting to control SGPC which manages key Sikh shrines.
"The Congress party has an eye on the forthcoming SGPC general elections," Badal said addressing a public rally here.
He charged Congress was bent on "taking control of SGPC (Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee)".
"They want to take control of SGPC through their ‘B’ team comprising Delhi Gurdwara Management Committee President Paramjit Singh Sarna and President Shiromani Akali Dal, Amritsar, Simaranjit Singh Mann," Badal laimed.
He said it was ironical that Congress, which claims to be a secular party, was "deliberately encroaching upon the jurisdiction of Sikh religious matters by indirectly lending support to Sarna and his proteges in view of the upcoming SGPC elections".
Badal said Congress cannot befool the people of Punjab, especially Sikhs, for its "dubious role in delivering justice to them, be it agricultural and industrial growth, settlement of contentious political issues including river water dispute, transfer of Chandigarh and Punjabi-speaking areas to Punjab".
Badal alleged Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government had been raking up at Centre's behest the issue of separate SGPC for his state.
"Congress should refrain from such nefarious designs. Its sole ulterior motive is to sow the seeds of hatred and communal tension among peace-loving people of Punjab and its neighbouring state," he charged.