Tuban tossing in Punjab assembly: SGPC chief demands speaker’s apology
A resolution to this effect was passed during a meeting of the executive committee held at Gurdwara Bhatta Sahib at Rupnagar on Monday. The meeting was chaired by SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar.punjab Updated: Jun 27, 2017 08:35 IST
Condemning the alleged disrespect to turbans of Sikh legislators in the Punjab assembly a few days back, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has demanded an apology from Punjab assembly speaker Rana KP Singh.
A resolution to this effect was passed during a meeting of the executive committee held at Gurdwara Bhatta Sahib at Rupnagar on Monday. The meeting was chaired by SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar.
Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, Badungar said the marshals of the assembly work under the command of the Speaker and they acted on his directions.
He said Singh was elected from Anandpur Sahib constituency and was aware of the culture of Punjab and the Sikhs. Therefore, he should tender an apology for the disrespect to the turbans in the assembly, he said.
When questioned that incidents of disrespect to turbans had also taken place during the Shiormani Akali Dal (SAD) regime, Badungar said the past should be left behind.
Badungar said they had submitted a memorandum to the governor against Congress workers and legislators grabbing land of gurdwars in the state. He said Captain Amarinder Singh should intervene in the matter and stop such acts.
Badungar also urged Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to stop discrimination against Punjabi language and ensure teaching of Punjabi in schools.
He said that Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar should desist from interfering in matters of the SGPC.