The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) sees a Congress’ hand in the reduction of its members in the Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib Board.
The number of SGPC members in the Hazoor Sahib board has been reduced from four to just one after the Maharashtra cabinet gave its approval to the Bhatia Committee.
The cabinet had taken this decision last week after studying the Bhatia Committee report, which was setup last year to review the membership rules of the board.
Reacting to the decision, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar told mediapersons here on Tusday: “This is yet another attempt by the Congress to interfere in the religious matters of the Sikhs. This comes close on the heels of the formation of a separate gurdwara committee by the Congress government in Haryana.”
The Bhatia Committee report had laid emphases on giving greater representation to the Sikhs of Nanded, where Takht Hazoor Sahib is located. Besides it had also advocated more representation to the Sikhs of Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra.
The Board will now have 18 elected members, of which nine will be elected from Nanded and the rest from Mumbai and other parts of the southern state. Earlier, it had only three elected members.
In addition, it will now have only three nominated members as against 14 previously. The nominated members include the Nanded district collector, one representative of the Maharashtra government, and one from the SGPC.