Radical outfits Dal Khalsa and Panch Pardhani merged into a single entity, retaining the name Dal Khalsa, on Friday.
The two outfits resolved to “rekindle the spirit of the Khalsa to uphold their desire for Khalsa Raj”, a legacy they believe “has been bestowed on them by their gurus and historical Sikh rulers Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and Maharaja Ranjit Singh”.
During a session held at a local gurdwara in Chandigarh, delegates of both radical outfits elected human rights activist and lawyer Harpal Singh Cheema unanimously to be the working president. He was empowered to restructure the party and its units in Punjab by August 13.
Announcing Cheema’s appointment, Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said the revolutionary poet and founder of Dal Khalsa Gajinder Singh and a long-time rebel leader and founder of Panch Pardhani, Bhai Daljit Singh, will remain the guiding force for the new setup.
Kanwar Pal said Gajinder Singh has been appointed the patron, while Daljit Singh will don the role of an adviser. He said one of their top leaders and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee member Kulbeer Singh Barapind, who is under detention at present, will be assigned a significant role upon his release.
Earlier, Dal Khalsa head HS Dhami stepped down to pave the way for Cheema’s appointment. Addressing a press conference, Cheema reiterated he will stick to ideology-based politics and adhere to democratic means.