Keeping his installation as the acting jathedar of the Takht Damdama Sahib on Saturday a low-key affair, Giani Gurmukh Singh said he was happy to get the sewa.
As soon as the decision to remove Balwant Singh Nandgarh was taken and the name of Giani Gurmukh Singh, the head granthi of the Akal Takht, announced for the job, well wishers started flocking to his house near the Golden Temple.
Avoiding any queries, he said, “I am happy to get the sewa and thankful to the Sikh Sangat. At the moment, I don’t have much to say.”
Sad day indeed, says Dal Khalsa
Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh, in a statement, said it was “really a sad day for all who are fighting to uphold distinct identity of the Sikhs”. He said the disturbing role remains of the jathedar of the Akal Takht. “His silence shows his weakness. He has no moral right to be the jathedar of the top temporal seat. I am short of words to condemn the Shiromani Akali Dal for the damage its ‘unprincipled’ politics has caused to the Panthic institutions. By showing scant respect for the religious institutions, the Badals were inflicting wounds on the soul and body of the Panth,” he said.
He said instead of framing rules and procedures regarding the appointment, removal, working sphere and jurisdiction of heads of these temporal institutions, the SGPC and SAD should have embarked on a course that was detrimental for Panth.
Badals pleasing RSS, will move SC: Sarna
Former president of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Managemnt Committee (DSGMC) Paramjit Singh Sarna criticised the removal of Balwant Singh Nandgarh. In a statement, Sarna said, “This was just a move of the Badals to please the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).”
Terming the removal “unfortunate”, Sarna said, “I strongly oppose the removal and to get Nandgarh reinstated, I will go to the Supreme Court. All, including Badal and SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar, who are responsible for this unconstitutional move will have to answer.”