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Capt backs gurdwara panel for Haryana

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, June 22, 2014
First Published: 21:36 IST(22/6/2014) | Last Updated: 08:30 IST(23/6/2014)

Captain Amarinder Singh, the deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, has questioned the chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s “double standards” in opposing the formation of a separate gurdwara management committee for Haryana, saying he himself was among the people who were responsible for the creation of Haryana out of Punjab.

“It was the people like Mr Badal who had spearheaded the campaign for a separate Punjabi ‘suba’ (state) that led to creation of Haryana as well as Himachal Pradesh,” he said in a statement issued here on Sunday.

“If the Sikhs in Haryana are now seeking autonomy for running their gurdwaras, instead of being remotely controlled by Badal and his stooges, what is wrong in it?” he asked while strongly supporting the creation of a separate body for Haryana.

The Amritsar MP claimed that there is a strong section within the Akali-controlled Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) which favoured autonomy to Haryana Sikhs in running the affairs of their gurdwaras.

“Sooner or later this (formation of a separate body for Haryana) is going to happen and it would be better if it is done now,” he suggested while advising Badal not to play petty politics on a sensitive issue for personal gains.

The former chief minister asked Badal as to why is he so much scared of a separate body for Haryana when all the members from that state in the current SGPC belonged to his party.

“This should reassure you that your party can get the majority in Haryana body also”, he told Badal.

Amarinder asked for the rationale behind his opposition to a separate SGPC for Haryana when there were similar committees already existing at places like Delhi, Patna and Maharashtra. “This only shows Mr Badal’s insecurity that he does not want to concede or share power with anyone else other than his close family”, he observed.

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