Jhinda to skip today’s meeting at Akal Takht
Two Sikh leaders from Haryana spearheading the demand for a separate gurdwara body may not keep a date with the Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Wednesday.chandigarh Updated: Jul 02, 2014 12:31 IST
Two Sikh leaders from Haryana spearheading the demand for a separate gurdwara body may not keep a date with the Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Wednesday.
Head of ad hoc Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) Jagdish Singh Jhinda told HT on Tuesday evening that he was busy making arrangements for Sikh convention slated for July 6 at Kaithal and would be unavailable for tomorrow’s meeting.
While Jhinda’s rival-turnedfriend Didar Singh Nalvi couldn’t be contacted for a comment, the rebel SGPC member from Karnal, Bhupinder Singh Assandh, denied having received an invite from the Akal Takht.
Jhinda said he would a send a message to the Akal Takht to postpone the meeting. “I got a message at around 10pm on Monday to discuss “panthic vichar” and it is not possible for me to attend the meeting at such a short notice. I know that the jathedar wants to discuss demand for HSGPC, but I will request him that the meeting be fixed after July 6,” said Jhinda.
Jhinda clarified that there was noquestion of compromising anything less than an independent gurdwara panel for Haryana.
SGPC member from Karnal, Assandh, who has revolted against Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), said that meeting with the Akal Thakt jathedar would not resolve the issue.
“I have not got any information from Akal Takht but if invited, I will once again put forward my demand for a separate SGPC for Haryana. Whenever I raise this issue, the Sikh bodies always refer it as “Badal da masla” and don’t give a patient hearing. Now, when it’s almost final that the Haryana government may accept the long pending of the community, “invites” are being sent to the Haryana leaders,” said Assandh.
First Published: Jul 02, 2014 12:30 IST