After declaring an open war against the state government, Sikh hardliners - who have announced to intensify their protests over the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib - have started preparations for the November 10 ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ (congregation of Sikhs) at Amritsar.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, SAD (Amritsar) Simranjit Singh Mann said a meeting of representatives of different Sikh organisations has been convened at Jalandhar on October 31 to chalk out the strategy for the ‘Sarbat Khalsa.’
He said letters have been sent to representatives of various Sikh organisations, intellectuals, writers and distinguished personalities to take part in the meeting. “We will form a committee that will chalk out the agenda for the event. A control room is also being set up at Amritsar for any inquiry about the event,” said Mann, who was accompanied by leader of United Akali Dal Gurdeep Singh.
Mann claimed that Sikhs in large numbers in India and abroad have expressed desire to join the congregation. A website is also being set up for information on the event while an email address would be provided for those who have queries about the congregation.
A written request has been made to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to allot Manji Hall for holding the event.