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Sarna asks Akal Takht jathedar to keep off Haryana Sikh affairs

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, July 04, 2014
First Published: 14:53 IST(4/7/2014) | Last Updated: 14:57 IST(4/7/2014)

Former Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna has advised Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh not to meddle in the affairs of the Sikhs of Haryana, who have “full right to manage and administer the gurdwaras in their state”.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Sar na said that if the Sikhs of Delhi, Patna Sahib, Hazoor Sahib and other places had the right to manage their shrines, then the Sikhs of Haryana too deserved this right. In the statement, Sarna, who heads the Delhi Akali Dal, criticised Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar for giving a political colour to the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) issue.

“The Sikhs of Haryana have made up their mind to manage their own shrines. They do not want their state to be turned into another Punjab — a haven for drug-addicts,” he said.

Sarna alleged that the Akal Takht jathedar was acting “under the influence” of Badal and Makkar.

He advised the Jathedar to stay away from this issue and to confine himself only to religious matters. “Badal intends to enslave the Sikhs of Haryana and the jathedar should understand this and stop acting like a puppet,” he added.

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