Sikh Youth of Punjab (SYP) has asked SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar to resign from his post following his 'public rebuke' by chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Party's office-bearers Noblejit Singh, Manjit Singh and Paramjit Singh said that to uphold the honour of the exalted office, he should immediately relinquish charge.
In a statement, the youth leaders said by terming the SGPC head a liar, the chief minister had downgraded the importance of the Sikhs' premier institution.
Badal had said that Shiromani Akali Dal had nothing to do with the construction of June 1984 martyr's memorial and had accused Makkar of telling lies.
"It is hard to believe that Makkar could take any independent decision, let alone raising the memorial," said Noblejit.
He said either Badal should tender an apology or Makkar should quit. Moreover, after losing his mentor's trust, there was no reason for Makkar to remain glued to the post, he added. He accused Punjab's politicians of harming the Sikh cause.
SYP leaders hailed former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's decision to step down, stating that he had set an example of high moral standards by resigning from the office.
"Unlike Badals, he has at least tried to practice what he has been professing," they said.