Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh has said he’ll never allow chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his close relatives, the Majithias, to “gang up and rob” the Sikh culture and history by “undermining” the glorious heritage of local Khalsa College” by converting this institution into a private university.
Amarinder issued a statement on Thursday that “in case the Badal government goes ahead with the proposal to build a private university despite so much opposition, the next Congress government will rescind the (university) Act and restore the original status of the college”. “Khalsa College is not the personal property of the Majithias. It belongs to all Sikhs and was built with support from the erstwhile princely states of Patiala, Kapurthala, Jind, Nabha and Faridkot,” he added.
Questioning the moral authority of the Majithias to privatise the institution, he said just “infiltrating their yes-men into the governing council doesn’t give them any moral right to usurp it to make money”. “The Majithias are trying to do to Khalsa College what the Badals did to the SGPC (Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee),” the state Congress president remarked.
Besides the sentiments and emotions of the Sikh community were associated with the institution and he would not allow them to be hurt, said Amarinder.