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Akal Takht forms panel, talks with Haryana Sikhs on July 3

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, July 02, 2014
First Published: 22:29 IST(2/7/2014) | Last Updated: 08:54 IST(3/7/2014)

On the issue of separate body to run Haryana’s gurdwaras, the Akal Takht has formed a 10-member committee for talks with Sikh leaders of the neighbouring state on the proposed move of their government.

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After a five-hour discussion with Sikh priests and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) officials, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Wednesday made it clear that: “Fratricidal feud aimed at dividing the Sikhs will not be tolerated, and the Congress design to weaken the SGPC not allowed to succeed.”

The 10-member committee will meet the Haryana Sikh leaders at Gurdwara Chhevin Pathshahi (shrine of the sixth Guru) in Kurukshetra on Thursday, and during the evening or next day, give a report to the jathedar.

The five Sikh leaders and members of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (ad hoc), who were to meet the jathedar on Wednesday, now are told to reach Kurukshetra by 11am for dialogue.

The jathedar had invited HSGPC (adhoc) chief Jagdish Singh Jhinda, and members Didar Singh Nalwi, Gurmit Singh Tirlokewala, Apar Singh and Harmanjit Singh to Amritsar by they had expressed their inability to get here on a short notice. “In their communiqués, they have expressed their dedication to and respect for the Akal Takht,” said Giani Gurbachan Singh.

He appealed to the Sikhs of Haryana to respect the sacrifices that the community had made during the colonial rule to get control of its shrines from the British.

“Sikhs all over the world look up to the SGPC for guidance,” he said.

Asked whether Sikhs supporting the separate gurdwara body for Haryana could be summoned before the Akal Takht, he replied: “Our efforts are to find a solution that keeps the SGPC intact and defeat the designs of those trying to weaken it. We’ll wait for the outcome of the Kurukshetra meeting.”

Takht Keshgarh Sahib jathedar Giani Mal Singh and SGPC secretaries Roop Singh and Satbir Singh were also present at the press conference. After soliciting the views of his counterpart and the SGPC officials, the jathedar got busy over telephone, apparently seeking views from the other sources that he did not divulge.
 
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The committee
 
Baba Harnam Singh Dhuma (Damdami Taksal chief)
Baba Balbir Singh (Buddha Dal Nihang outfit)
Sant Teja Singh
Sant Ram Singh Signhara and Baba Joga Singh (both from Karnal)
Sukhdev Singh Bhaur (SGPC general secretary)
Dalmegh Singh (SGPC secretary)
SGPC executive members Rajinder Singh Mehta, Dyal Singh Koleawali and Karnail Singh Panjoli.
 

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