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Captain takes a dig at Makkar over Haryana gurdwara body

punjab Updated: Jun 25, 2014 22:55 IST
HT Correspondent

Congress deputy leader in the Lok Sabha and former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday took a dig at the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar over the issue of formation of a separate gurdwara committee for Haryana.

Ridiculing Makkar's claim that he was seeking a separate Haryana body to weaken and undermine the SGPC's authority, Amarinder said, "Everybody, in and outside Punjab, and you in particular, know how strong and powerful the SGPC is and what it has been reduced to by your boss and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal."

The former chief minister, who represents Amritsar parliamentary constituency, told Makkar that he understood his (Makkar's) compulsions to oppose the Haryana body as he could not do otherwise. "And that is precisely why we support an independent body for managing the gurdwaras in Haryana, which will not be remote-controlled by the Badals, nor by its president like you," Amarinder remarked, while reminding Makkar, "it was people like Badal who got Haryana separated from Punjab, so why should the Sikhs there not have the right and authority to run and manage their own gurdwaras"