As a few Sikh organisations prepare for the Sarbat Khalsa (congregation of Sikhs) to be held in Amritsar on November 10, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has decided to foil it by reaching out to the masses asking them not to attend the activity having a “hidden malicious agenda”.
Following directions from the party high command conveyed to the district leadership on Friday evening, meetings were held in all districts of Doaba on Saturday where resolutions were passed against the call for Sarbat Khalsa.
In the resolutions, the SAD has termed the gathering called in the name of Sarbat Khalsa as a well-planned conspiracy to belittle the stature of the Akal Takht. “It’s an attempt to make the Sikh community directionless by certain people who are anti-community. The attempt to ruin the community is similar to the one in which the Congress had attacked the Akal Takht with tanks. The congregation called by the anti-Sikh forces is another such attempt,” reads the resolution.
The SAD has said that only the Akal Takht jathedar can call the Sarbat Khalsa, and the gathering by anti-Panthic associations aimed at getting political mileage cannot be called Sarbat Khalsa. “It’s an attempt by anti-Sikh forces to divide the community. It’s a planned strategy to spoil the peaceful atmosphere and communal harmony of Punjab,” the resolution reads.
While passing the resolution under the leadership of transport minister Ajit Singh Kohar, the SAD has asked the public to teach a lesson to the anti-Panthic groups.
In Jalandhar, two meetings were conducted in Adampur and Jalandhar to pass the resolution. In Kapurthala district, Bholath MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur chaired the meeting to pass the resolution. Sources said similar resolutions were passed in other districts.
“A few anti-Panthic conspirators are taking advantage of the recent incidents of sacrilege in the state to gain political mileage in the name of religion and want to destroy the Akal Takht,” Kohar said, while addressing SAD workers at Adampur.
Chief parliamentary secretary Pawan Tinu, who organised a meeting of around 2,000 workers in his constituency, said SAD leaders would go to villages in the next two days asking people not to play into the hands of those bent on destroying peace. Sources said SAD leaders would hold meetings in villages on Sunday and Monday, asking people not to attend the meeting.