After Nawanshahr Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) member Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa announced his resignation from the committee on Friday, another SGPC member from the district, Mahinder Singh Hussainpur, also put in his papers on Saturday.
With this, 12 SGPC members have resigned from their posts, according to sources. They have resigned following the recent desecration of the bir at a Faridkot village and the subsequent ‘mishandling’ of the situation.
Hussainpur, who is currently in the US, sent a message to the media, saying he was also quitting from all posts in the Shiromani Akali Dal claiming that he was disturbed over the recent incident.
Condemning the state government, Hussainpur said when posters and hoardings of the film of Sirsa-based dera head came up in Punjab, the government deputed cops for their security, but now when Sikh activists were peacefully protesting in Faridkot over the desecration of the holy book, police opened fire on them killing two and leaving several injured.
In his resignation letter, he said he had tendered his resignation from the SGPC and SAD as both had failed to save the interest of the community.
Bathinda SAD circle president resigns
Bathinda: Rajinder Singh Sidhu, circle president of the SAD, resigned from his post in protest against the desecration of the bir. Sidhu, circle president of the Thermal Plant area, is also a SAD councillor from ward number 3.
He said he was upset over the insensitive attitude of the state government in dealing with a sensitive issue. When asked why he had not resigned as SAD councillor, Sidhu said he had been elected by the people and would continue to represent them in the MC house.
“The desecration of the holy book was intolerable. The government must come up with stringent laws to punish those behind such incidents,” he said. HTC