Reminding Khalsa College governing council (KCGC) president Satyajit Singh Majithia of his “illustrious lineage”, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh lashed out at Majithia’s “unbridled greed to make personal capital out of a public and historic institution that holds a distinct place in Sikh history and heritage.”
In a hard-hitting statement issued here on Thursday, the PPCC chief claimed that Majithia was trying to grab and usurp a public institution for personal gains.
“Although I am not surprised over modern day Majithias’ unbridled greed for money after having completely been ‘Badalised’ in all respects, I still expected them to at least respect the sanctity of the institution which holds an important place in Sikh history and heritage”, he said, while responding to Majithia’s statement accusing him of politicising the issue of converting the Khalsa College into a private university.
“What Badals are doing to the SGPC, the Majithias are trying to repeat and replicate with Khalsa College”, he remarked, while asking him (Satyajit Majithia) as what was his or his family’s contribution towards setting up of this great institution.
Reiterating that the emotions and sentiments of the Sikhs across the globe were associated with the institution, Amarinder pointed out that it had been built with support from the erstwhile princely states of Patiala, Kapurthala, Jind, Nabha and Faridkot.
“Just by grabbing the institution now and by infiltrating your ‘yes-men’ into the governing council does not confer any moral right or authority on you to usurp it to make money”, he told Majithia, while reiterating that even if he manages to get the act for the university passed in the Vidhan Sabha through Badals, he (Amarinder) will ensure to repeal the act after the Congress forms the government in the state in 2017.
Referring to his Wednesday’s visit to the Khalsa College, he said, Majithia and other members of the management should know that he has been the chancellor of the college for six years. Besides, he added, he is the local MP and an ex-chief minister of the state.
“All that notwithstanding do you ask people to seek prior permission to visit educational institutions?” he asked.
The former chief minister strongly denied the allegations that his security personnel broke open the locks of the gate to enter there. “First of all let me clarify that we simply made a request and the college security staff was kind enough to open the locks”, he clarified, while seeking to know as to why were the gates locked and why did the college authorities want to block and bar his entry into the campus?”