Hinting at a change in his political loyalty, Jagdish Singh Jhinda, ad hoc president of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGMC), shared the dais with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party at Assandh on Tuesday.
A known loyalist of former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Jhinda was handpicked by the Congress regime to lead the separate Sikh panel.
Jhinda and other office bearers of the HSGMC had publically campaigned for Congress candidates in the last parliamentary and assembly elections and throughout remained a strong critic of the saffron party.
However, on Tuesday Jhinda was seen cozying up with the ruling party in the presence of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who was in Assandh.
Jhinda felicitated Khattar at BJP’s maiden political function in the Sikh-dominated assembly segment after assuming power in October 2014. Jhinda also addressed the BJP rally and demanded ministerial berth for the first-time legislator from Assandh, Bakshish Singh Virk.
GURBANI TO BE TAUGHT IN GOVT SCHOOL
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that besides Bhagavad Gita, the state government would also ensure that Gurbani was taught in state schools. Khattar said that sincere efforts would be made to revive state-run schools. “Quality of education in the government schools should be improved so that parents take pride in these schools over private institutes.”