To bring normalcy to Punjab, Takht jathedars must quit: Sarna

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2015 19:57 IST
DSGMC chief Paramjit Sarna (centre) addressing a press conference in Amritsar on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Former Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Paramjit Singh Sarna on Sunday said to bring normalcy in Punjab Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh along with jathedars of Takht Keshgarh Sahib and Takht Damdama Sahib must quit their respective posts.

“After their flip-flop on pardon to Sirsa Dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, they don’t have the moral right to remain on their post. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) executive must secure their resignations or sack them if they refuse to quit on their own,” Sarna said while addressing mediapersons here.

Sarna pointed out that jathedar of Takht Patna Sahib Giani Iqbal Singh should also be asked to quit as the board managing the Takht is headed by SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar. The SGPC must bow to the demands of the ‘panth’ and get rid of the jathedars, he added.

“Makkar should also own up responsibility for his role in the dera case and quit. What’s the use of remaining on a post when you cannot face the public,” he added.

Replying to a query, Sarna alleged that the RSS had played a key role in securing pardon for Ram Rahim. “The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) obliged the RSS but the entire move backfired and now the Badals find themselves on the backfoot,” Sarna said.

Sarna, who also heads the SAD (Delhi), saw a conspiracy in the Bargari sacrilege incident which was followed by similar cases in other parts of Punjab. “These incidents were engineered by the Badals to divert the attention of the Sikhs from the pardon controversy that had put Takht jathedars in a tight spot,” he alleged.

“However, the Badals’ move backfired and the situation got worse. Look at the way the SGPC and SAD leaders are being attacked by public. It has never happened in the history of Punjab,” he added.

Sarna endorsed the viewpoint of some radical groups who have given a call for organising a ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ (congregation of Sikhs) for removing the Takht jathedars. If the Badals or Makkar cannot get rid of the jathedars, then the ‘quam’ has every right to force them out of their offices and uphold the glory and integrity of Takhts, he added.

Sarna, who returned from a short trip to Pakistan, said that the recent happenings have not gone down well with the Sikhs living across the border. They are worried and want the supremacy of the Akal Takht restored, he added.

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