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Cong seeks to distance itself from separate SGPC controversy

india Updated: Aug 06, 2009 20:42 IST

Congress on Thursday sought to distance itself from the controversy over the creation of a separate SGPC for Haryana, saying it will wait for the state chief minister to examine the report on the issue.

"There was a representation from a large number of Sikh community members to Haryana government with a demand to have a separate SGPC like the one that exists in Delhi," party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said, adding that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had constituted a committee to examine the matter.

"The report has been submitted and the CM is examining it. No final decision has been taken. I am not going to say anything before the before the report is examined by the CM ... Until further action is taken, we do not feel necessary to give any further comment," she added.

She also dismissed a question as to why it was necessary for a secular government to meddle in religious matters saying, "this is not the issue ... The CM said it was a demand by a large number of people."

She also strongly rejected charges that the issue was leading to a divide among Sikh community members and was deliberately picked by the Congress government in the state with an eye on the upcoming assembly election there.

"Congress governments do not take decisions that divide people," she said.

Earlier, members of BJP and Akali Dal on Thursday vociferously opposed the move, forcing adjournments in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha over the issue.