The first meeting of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC), which was scheduled to be held at Manji Sahib Gurdwara here, has been postponed till July 31. HSGMC general secretary Joga Singh gave this information to mediapersons here on Tuesday.
It was learnt that the meeting had been postponed owing to the death of a nephew of senior vice-president of HSGMC Didar Singh Nalwi.
However, HSGMC president Jagdish Singh Jhinda and executive committee members Sant Gurmit Singh, Avtar Singh Chakku and Majit Singh besides Joga Singh arrived at the meeting venue. Their meeting with Haryana minister for PWD and industries Randeep Singh Surjewala soon after their arrival added to the mystery.
Members of the 41-member committee, Sarjit Singh and Apaar Singh were also present in the gurdwara. Joga Singh told mediapersons that it was regrettable that supporters of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had been sitting on dharna at gurdwaras of Haryana. "They were vitiating the spiritual environment of these religious places by consuming drugs and indulging in other unlawful activities," he alleged.
"They have removed money from gurdwara cash chests, which is highly objectionable," he claimed.
Joga Singh said this committee would soon write to the union home ministry, urging it to earmark a separate quota for Sikh pilgrims from Haryana for their visit to gurdwaras in Pakistan.