Several Sikh leaders on Sunday gave a 30-day ultimatum to the Congress government in Haryana to set up a separate body on the lines of the SGPC in the state to manage affairs of their shrines.
At a rally in Karnal, the leaders, who have set up their own body in this regard, threatened to take over management of gurdwaras in the state if their demand was not met.
Setting up of a separate body was a long-pending demand, but the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government was dilly-dallying on the issue, leaders of the self-styled Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (HSGPC) said.
"We are giving a month's time to the state government. If our demand is not met, we will forcibly take over control of gurdwaras in the state," said Jagdish Singh and Didar Singh Nalvi, president and general secretary respectively of the self-proclaimed HSGPC.
The "Sarbat Khalsa" rally, which set up a 45-member body to decide the future course of action, was attended by Sikhs from Punjab, Haryana, HP and Delhi.
Prominent Sikh leaders who addressed the rally included SAD (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann, Akali Dal (1920) president Ravi Inder Singh, Delhi Akali Dal leader H S Sarna and former Akal Takht Jathedar Jasbir Singh Rode.
Sikh leaders from Himachal Pradesh raised the demand for a similar body in their own state.
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab, led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, has been opposing the move for a separate body, terming it as a conspiracy to divide the Sikhs and weaken the SGPC.