A close associate of Balwant Singh Nandgarh, who was removed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) as the jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo, alleged that the management of the Takht refused to give a bir (copy) of the Guru Granth Sahib for akhand path (prayers) at Nandgarh’s residence.
The Takht manager did not take calls, nor did SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, when HT tried to get their reaction on the allegation.
Nandgarh’s associate, Parminder Singh Randhawa said they had scheduled the path at the residence of the ex-jathedar from Monday onwards and had demanded the granth from the Takht management.
“Earlier, in the morning, two pathis (priests) were sent to Nandgarh’s residence by the Takht management as desired, but they were also called back,” he alleged.
“We had to bring a bir from a gurdwara in the nearby village of Bunga Mastuana,” he added.
Meanwhile, Nandgarh convened a meeting of Sikh organisations and leaders in Ludhiana on Tuesday to chalk out his plan of action in support of the original Nanakshahi calendar and his ouster as jathedar. A similar meeting was held on Sunday but it was decided to conduct a broader meeting.