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Sehajdhari party chief meets Sukhbir Badal

Gurpreet Singh Mehak, Hindustan Times  Fatehgarh Sahib, April 14, 2013
First Published: 20:57 IST(14/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:01 IST(15/4/2013)

Sehajdhari Sikh Party national president Paramjit Singh Ranu has held a meeting with Punjab deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal, national general secretary of the party, Jagtar Singh Dhaliwal has said.

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As per a communication sent from the official e-mail address of the party by Dhaliwal, the Sehajdhari Sikh Party was formed on April 13, 2002, (Baisakhi) as an organisation 'Sehajdhari Sikh Federation' under the Society Act, but after 11 years it has turned out as a political outfit and its name has been approved and registered as Sehajdhari Sikh Party under the Representation of People Act as a political party by the election commission of India.

The Sehajdharis' case in the Supreme Court has put the future of the SGPC House in limbo as the elections of the SGPC held in September 2011 were subject to the case of voting rights of Sehajdharis by the Supreme Court, which was decided in favour of Sehajdharis by the full bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court on December 20, 2011.

As a result the elected 170 members of the house became non-functional and the present House is now run by 15-member executive committee of the old house headed by Avtar Singh Makkar as per the directives of the Supreme Court.

As per the e-mail, the Sehajdhari Sikh Party is not any non-panthic force and is equally sensitive towards the religion and administrative authority of Sikhism and will definitely try its best to bring out the SGPC from the trap of re-elections as the motive of the Sehajdharis is only to fight for their voting right and to elect good people to the esteemed positions in the religion.

“Our national executive council is consulting legal experts for a solution to the cause, as the voting rights have been upheld by the high court and the Supreme Court has not given any stay or interim relief to the SGPC,” it said.

As per the e-mail, 'reliable sources' disclosed that two high-level meetings had been held in this regard between Ranu and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal with the efforts of former Chandigarh mayor Harjinder Kaur and a senior Akali leader from Ludhiana. A positive solution in the interest of the religion and SGPC is being searched out with the help of the advocate general of Punjab and the lawyers of the Sehajdhari Sikh Party.

As per the e-mail, this decision of Sehajdharis on the auspicious occasion of Baiskahi will definitely come as a sigh of relief for the elected 170 members of the SGPC as the phobia of re-election was always on their mind.

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