Senior Congress leader and former MLA, Jasbir Singh Dimpa, has demanded that chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Inderbir Singh Bolaria be summoned before the Akal Takht for violating Sikh 'maryada' (religious code) by "indulging in celebrations" on the occasion of the martyrdom day of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh guru.
In a statement issued here on Tuesday, Dimpa pointed out that Bolaria used this solemn occasion to indulge in celebrations and merry-making while formally assuming charge of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) of the Majha region.
Bolaria, Akali MLA from Amritsar South, was appointed president of the YAD of the Majha region by Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal early this month. Separate chiefs of the YAD were also appointed for the Doaba and Malwa regions.
"Bolaria should have known better that martyrdom days and that too of the gurus, are not occasions to indulge in celebrations. While there was nothing wrong in assuming charge of the YAD, restraint should have been exercised and celebrations should not have been permitted", the Congress leader said.
Dimpa pointed out that the 'offence' committed by Bolaria was serious as he was a 'panthic' leader and very well-versed with Sikh religious rules and codes. The Congress leader claimed that Bolaria's celebrations culminated at the Golden Temple.
The Congress leader also called upon the district administration to register a case against Bolaria and some of his supporters as they had hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikhs through such celebrations on a solemn occasion.