As the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) prepares to unveil its strategy for taking on the Haryana government over the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) issue at the Panthic convention (world Sikh conference) to be held here on Sunday at Manji Sahib Hall, a group of Sikhs converged at Akal Takht on Friday to offer prayers for unity in the ‘Panth’ (community) and for putting an end to the fratricidal feud between membersof the community of the two neighbouring states through an amicable solution acceptable to both sides.
The 25-member group under the banner of the Panthic Tal Mel Dal (Sikh community coordination group) was led by former Takht Damdama Sahib jathedar, Giani Kewal Singh. The others in the group included Hardeep Singh, SGPC member from Mohali; Harsimran Singh, head, Bhai Gurdass Institute of Sikh Studies, Anandpur Sahib; and Col Manmohan Singh (retd) from Chandigarh. The working of the Akal Takht jathedar and jathedars of other takhts came in for questioning by this group.
This became evident, when during the ‘ardas’ (prayer) at the Akal Takht, Giani Kewal Singh called upon the Waheguru to give ‘shakti’ (strength) to the ‘sewadars’ (jathedars) of the takhts to withstand all outside pressures and to enable them to take independent decisions on religious matters.
MARCH FOR AMICABLE SOLUTION
Bhai Baldev Singh, a ‘hazoori ragi’ at the Harmandar Sahib has decided to take out a Sikh Sadbhavana March (harmony march)from the Golden Templeto Ambala/Kurukshetraon August6 and 7. The motive of the march is to put an end to the confrontation between Sikhs of the two states.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Supreme Court advocate HS Phoolka has called upon both the SAD and HSGMC (ad hoc) to cancel their proposed conventions at Amritsar and Karnal, respectively. Phoolka said the SAD, a political party, cannot dabble into religious matters as per the guidelines laid down for political parties by the Election Commission of India (EC).
SAD CORE COMMITTEE MEET TODAY
The crucial core committee meeting of the SAD on the eve of the Panthic convention will take place at Teja Singh Samundri Hall in the Golden Temple complex on Saturday. The meeting scheduled for 6pm will be attended by CM Parkash Singh Badal, who is the patron of the SAD, and Sukhbir Badal, the party president.