Dismissing the controversy over how US President Barack Obama would cover his head on his visit to the Golden Temple as a non-issue, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar appealed to Obama to keep his date with Amritsar.
Giani Gurbachan Singh and Makkar told HT on Tuesday that they had not imposed any conditions regarding the mode of covering the head inside the temple.
"Thousands of non-Sikhs pay obeisance at Harmandar Sahib everyday. We have never objected to how they cover their heads," Makkar said.
Jathedar Gurbachan Singh, head of the supreme Sikh temporal seat, said he had conveyed to US officials planning the visit that President Obama could cover his head with a scarf or any kind of cap.
"I had only appealed against an army cap to maintain Guru Granth Sahib's honour as supreme," he said.
"President Obama should keep his commitment regarding the visit to the minority community's shrine. It would convey to the world his secular credentials too," Giani Gurbachan Singh said.
He also appealed to PM Manmohan Singh to ensure he and Obama paid a joint visit to Harmandar Sahib on November 7 as scheduled.
Rejecting reports they had raised objections, Makkar said: "How can that be, when we did not raise any objection to Queen Elizabeth entering Darbar Sahib wearing a hat?"
He said the temple was all set to extend a welcome to Obama with a siropa (robe of honour).