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Sehajdhari party sticks to stand, slams Makkar

Gurpreet Singh Mehak, Hindustan Times  Fatehgarh Sahib, April 18, 2013
First Published: 22:18 IST(18/4/2013) | Last Updated: 22:20 IST(18/4/2013)

The Sehajdhari Sikh Party has clarified that it is not withdrawing the voting right case in the Supreme Court.

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PS Ranu, national president of the party, said here on Thursday, "Sehajdharis are the respondent party in the case as the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) filed the special leave petition in the apex court."

Ranu alleged that a consensus between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Sehajdharis was upsetting SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar as the latter was apprehensive of losing his post in view of the Punjab and Haryana high court's decision.

He said a full bench of the high court had upheld Sehajdharis' voting right by quashing the union home ministry's notification which debarred them from voting in the SGPC elections.

Ranu claimed that Makkar wanted the Sehajdhari Sikh Party to prolong the case in the Supreme Court because he was continuing as the SGPC president only due to the apex court's orders.

The Sehajdhari Sikh Party will never compromise on the cost of their voting right and their mission is to restore the right of their community which they have suceeded. 

He made it clear that the Supreme Court had not yet granted stay on the high court's verdict.

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