The executive committee of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) in its meeting held at Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi at Gulha on Saturday authorised its president Jagdish Singh Jhinda to take all needed steps to contest the case pending in Supreme Court regarding the legality of the constitution of the HSGMC.
Talking to HT here on Saturday, Joga Singh, general secretary, HSGMC, said besides authorising its president the committee also constituted a four-member committee, including senior vice-president Didar Singh Nalwi, Joga Singh, Harpal Singh Ambala and Bhupinder Singh Assandh, to assist Jhinda in fighting the case in the Supreme Court.
He added that the executive committee condemned the move of the Prakash Singh Badal's government in Punjab to reopen a five-year-old case against HSGMC member Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal in Bathinda to stop him from participating in the HSGMC activities in Haryana.
The committee felt that while Badal has approached the Supreme Court in this religious matter, on the other hand to save his face he is directing the Akal Takht jathedar to constitute a 'talmale committee' to negotiate with leaders of the HSGMC.
Joga Singh alleged that Badal had already lost the battle after the Haryana assembly constituted the HSGMC and now he is using jathedar of Akal Takht for his political ends. He said the HSGMC had its doubts whether this proposed 'talmale committee' would be able to do something good because, "we do not know who are five members of this committee and what is their thinking and are they liked by Haryana Sikhs or not?"
In reply to a question he said 10 out of 11 executive members were present in Saturday's meeting. Senior vice-president Didar Singh Nalwi could not attend the meeting but his consent about the decisions was taken through telephone. He said about 500 people from the community participated in the 'bhog' of Akhand Path, which was conducted at the Gurdwara Chhevin Patshahi at Gulha to pay gratitude to almighty for getting the possession of the historic gurdwara.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that differences over the handling of the agitation have crept in among the ad hoc committee members of HSGMC. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, members of the ad hoc committee maintain that the decisions were being made by a coterie around the president and they were not taken into confidence.
They added that the HSGMC does not have a proper office. Neither proper notices for the meetings are being given to the 41 members of the ad hoc committee nor any agenda is served, they claimed.