Haryana's decision on separate SGPC unconstitutional: Sekhwan

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gurdaspur
  • Updated: Jul 07, 2014 22:02 IST

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) spokesman and former state minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan on Monday said that the decision taken by Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to form a separate gurdwara management committee in his state is unconstitutional. Addressing a press conference here on Monday, he said that the Hooda government's proposed move to pass a legislation to this effect in the coming session of the Haryan

a assembly would also be out of the purview of the 1925 Act under which the existing Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) was functioning.
Sekhwan said that 1925 Act had been in force in the united Punjab, including the present states of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh which were carved out of the old Punjab, and Punjabi speaking areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan.

Replying to a query,Sekhwan said that Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee could be formed bacause Delhi was a union territory and was nor a part of the undivided Punjab. He said that for making an amendment in the 1925 Act, three fourths of the members of the SGPC would have to sign a charter to demand the same and after that only Parliament was entitled to pass a legislation in this regard.

Sekhwan said that after passing the 1925 Act, a pact was signed between the then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and the Sikh community leader Master Tara Singh that the government would never meddle with the religious affairs of the Sikhs.

Sekhwan asked All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi if she had disowned the decisions taken by party leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru in the past.

Sekhwan observed that history has witnessed that whenever the government intervened in the affairs of the Sikhs, the peace was disturbed across the country.

He asserted that the SAD would fight a war at all levels against the decision of the Haryana government.

The SAD spokesman urged the Haryana government to withdraw its decision to constitute a separate gurdwara panel in the larger interest of the country.
He termed Hooda's decision in this regard a mere political stunt with an eye on the Sikh votes ahead of assembly elections in Haryana.

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