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Nalwi invites Jhinda to join cause for Sikh body formation

punjab Updated: Dec 04, 2013 19:15 IST
Vishal Joshi

The president of the newest political outfit, the Haryana Jan Shakti Party, in the state, Didar Singh Nalwi has invited his detractor Jagdish Singh Jhinda to join his party.

The party's formation was announced here on Tuesday, with the formation of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC) high on its agenda.

Nalwi and Jhinda had jointly started a statewide campaign to constitute a separate Sikh panel to run the managements of the gurdwaras in the state, but later developed differences and parted ways in 2009.

"Our party is open to Jhinda and all others who want to fight for the rights of minority communities and social oppressed classes. We assure all due respect in the party fold to anyone joining the front," said Nalwi.

Lachhman Singh Kamboj, a minister in the Devi Lal government, has declared the vice-president of the entity.

Nalwi added that as mandated by the Election Commission of India, the party would submit affidavits of more than 100 people to get the outfit registered as a political outfit.

"We will contest in Kurukshetra and Sirsa parliamentary seats. Our core group will identify 16 assembly segments to field candidates in the next assembly elections," said Nalwi, a former member of the SGPC.

Nalwi added that the outfit would act as a pressure group and support any party that supports issues of the oppressed sections.

"When I had raised my voice for the formation of HSGPC and other issues of the Sikh community, I was ridiculed by almost everyone. Gradually people understood my point. In 2004, of the 11 seats of the SGPC, out group won six seats. The state government had to form a committee under the assembly speaker HS Chattha on the formation of HSGPC. We will get support from various sections," said Nalwi.

He clarified that demanding a separate Sikh panel was not a religious issue, but a constitutional right. "The Punjab Reorganisaiton Act, 1966, clearly states that Haryana will have a separate panel to run and maintain Sikh gurdwaras," he said.

"Rural population continues to be deprived of quality drinking water, sewage, education or healthcare and the state government has failed on all fronts. We are committed to become voice of all oppressed class and we are getting enthusiastic support from all quarters," other leaders of the new outfit claimed.