Demanding due representation in the proposed Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC), a delegation of the Sehajdhari Sikh Party (SSP) submitted a memorandum to Haryana governor here on Wednesday. Welcoming the move of the Haryana government for announcing to bring legislation for a separate Gurdwara body, the SSP representation told newspersons that chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had thus addressed a long-standing demand of the Sikhs of Haryana.
They said that the Sehajdhari sikhs were well-defined since 1944 onwards in the Parent Act (Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925) and now when on the basis of the Punjab Re-Organisational Act 1966 the said separate Haryana Gurdwara bill was to be proposed and legislated, it was mandatory under the law that the Sehajdharis be included in the proposed Act because they are well recognised under the law as a part of the community.
Since 80 % Sikh population in Haryana is 'Sehajdhari', depriving them representation would violate the Article 26 of the Indian Constitution which provided them their right for being the part of the proposed bill of the committee, Dr PS Ranu, SSP national president said.
The SSP members also held that ignoring the Sehajdhari Sikh population might affect the prospects of the Hooda government in the forthcoming assembly elections in Haryana.