Fuming over the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) allowing the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to hold its upcoming Baisakhi mela conference on land measuring 11 acres near Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders are alleging that they were denied the same by the Takht management.
President of women’s wing of AAP, Baljinder Kaur, said a delegation of party leaders had gone to the manager of Takh Sri Damdama Sahib with a request to allow the party to hold the Baisakhi mela political conference on April 13 on the same land but their request was turned down.
AAP leader Gurlabh Singh, who had gone to apply for holding the conference on the land belonging to the SGPC, said the manager had denied the request, saying that they had been instructed not to allow any political conference. The AAP leader said the manager did not even accept the application.
“SAD has been allowed to hold the political conference on the prime plot with an intention to help the ruling party,” he said.
SAD’s Talwandi Sabo MLA Jeetmohinder Singh Sidhu said the party would hold the Baisakhi political conference on 11 acres of land provided by the SGPC on the party’s request. He said SAD had nothing to do with the issue of AAP not being allowed to hold its conference on the same land, adding that only SGPC officials could comment on this.
Meanwhile, at first, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib manager Charan Singh said he hadn’t received any request from AAP for holding a political conference on SGPC land.
He then proceeded to explain that a person had made a request, claiming to be office bearer of AAP and seeking land for Baisakhi conference.
Contradicting himself, Charan Singh said a delegation of AAP leaders came to him subsequently, saying that the man was not their representative. “The AAP delegation sought land for Baisakhi conference. I told them that we can’t allow AAP more than one acre of land for this purpose,” he said.
He added that they were yet to decide how much land was to be given to SAD for holding the conference and it would be decided only after finalising the land for ‘langars’.
Congress leader Sukhdev Singh Chahal said the Congress didn’t apply for SGPC land as they were aware that the party would not be allowed sufficient land as SGPC functioned under SAD’s pressure. The political conferences to mark Baisakhi are being held at Talwandi Sabo on April 13.