Having been denied permission to hold religious congregations by the district administration at a private place, radical Sikh preacher Baljit Singh Daduwal has got a shot in the arm as he was offered the management of Bunga Sahib gurdwara in Kot Shamir town on Sunday.
On the last day of his three-day religious congregation in the gurdwara, the gurdwara management committee made an announcement in this regard over loudspeakers, informing the people that the gurdwara management has been handed over to Daduwal.
However, Daduwal said that the management of the gurdwara will remain with the committee only and he will work for taking control of the historic Jandalisar Sahib gurdwara, which he had been looking after for so many years.
He said that he would raise the demand of handing over the Jandalisar Sahib gurdwara to him with the state government and even if decided to enter the gurdwara, he would inform the government well in time.
A member of the committee, Gurpal Singh, said that the decision to hand over the management of the Bunga Sahib gurdwara to Daduwal, who has, however, declined to do so, was taken after consulting the villagers. The committee also decided to hold a three-day religious congregation by Daduwal every year.
Meanwhile, the newly floated United Akali Dal (UAD) has announced to stage a protest in front of the residence of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in Badal village in Muktsar district on December 18. UAD leader Gurdeep Singh said that the party has been demanding handing over of the Janadalisar Sahib gurdwara to Daduwal and withdrawal of cases against him. Another UAD leader Bhai Mohkam Singh was also present at the congregation.
Significantly, the district administration had denied permission to Daduwal to hold a religious congregation at a private place in Kot Shamir after a feedback from the police that allowing a congregation by him could have led to a law and order problem.
However, dodging the heavy police force in the town, Daduwal had managed to enter Bunga Sahib gurdwara on Friday morning and conducted the three-day congregation there that concluded on Sunday.
On the other hand, SGPC member Amrik Singh Kotshamir, who is managing the Jandalisar Sahib gurdwara, after the arrest of Daduwal in August, said that the decision to hand over the Bunga Sahib gurdwara to Daduwal, which he, however has declined as per my information, has been taken by the committee and he can't comment on this.
On the handing over of Jandalisar Sahib gurdwara, he said that the decision in this regard will be taken by the district administration or the five-member committee managing the gurdwara.