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Akal Takht to SGPC: Stay away from political protests

Badungar along with other SGPC members sat on the dharna in Patiala against the Amarinderled government’s failure to fulfil the Congress’ pre-poll promises.

punjab Updated: Jun 14, 2017 10:04 IST
HT Correspondent
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh (centre) addressing the media in Amritsar on Tuesday.
Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh (centre) addressing the media in Amritsar on Tuesday.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

A day after Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Kirpal Singh Badungar joined a SAD-BJP dharna against the state government, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Tuesday said Badungar should stay away from political protests.

Badungar along with other SGPC members sat on the dharna in Patialaagainst the Amarinderled government’s failure to fulfil the Congress’ pre-poll promises.

Talking to reporters, the Akal Takht jathedar said, “This is my personal opinion. The SGPC chief should not take part in political protests.”

‘AIR ONLY GURBANI ON LED SCREENS’

The Akal Takht jathedar said only Gurbani should be telecast on large LED screens installed at the Heritage Street near the Golden Temple.

The issue became a talking point after liquor advertisements were telecast on these screens. After SAD protest against this, the chief minister’s office (CMO) ordered probe into this.

‘WILL FORM PANEL ON GURDWARA GIAN GODRI’

At a meeting of Sikh high priests, Giani Gurbachan Singh said a decision was taken to form a 15-member committee to resolve the issue of rebuilding Gurdwara Gian Godri at Haridwar in Uttarakhand.

The panel will take up the matter with the Uttarakhand Government and also chalk out a plan in this regard, he said, adding it will have a member each from various panthic outfits. Members will be announced and it will start working in a week, he said.

The SGPC along with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and other Sikh organisations had demanded that the historical gurdwara, which was demolished in 1978, should rebuilt.

‘LODGE FIR UNDER SECTION 295-A IN SACRILEGE CASES’

Stressing for tougher measures to stop incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth sahib in Punjab, Gurbachan Singh said police must register a case against the gurdwara management wherever such incidents take place and take tough action.