Amarinder says SGPC Act amendment unfortunate; will divide community

Updated on Apr 26, 2016 09:44 PM IST

Punjab pradesh congress committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday termed the amendment to the SGPC act barring the Sehajdhari Sikhs from casting votes in the SGPC elections as most unfortunate, regressive and retrograde.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh(HT Photo)
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh(HT Photo)
Hindustan Times | By, Chandigarh

Punjab pradesh congress committee (PPCC) president Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday termed the amendment to the SGPC act barring the Sehajdhari Sikhs from casting votes in the SGPC elections as most unfortunate, regressive and retrograde.

Read: Lok Sabha too passes bill barring Sehajdhari Sikhs from gurdwara polls

“This means slamming your door on hundreds and thousands of Sikhs and dividing the community,” he said in a statement while referring to the passage of the act in the parliament.

Amarinder equated this move by the Akalis with their demand for Punjabi Suba which ended in fragmenting Punjab into small pieces. “Like for the narrow sectarian and partisan interests they slashed Punjab into pieces so that they could form the government of their own, which still they never could, they have now repeated the formula to retain their control over the SGPC by virtually throwing out a majority of the Sikhs and virtually dividing the community,” he said.

The PCC president maintained that the SGPC, which is running under the direct control of the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, should better have spent its energy and resources on reforms and educating the youth of the community than taking the easy way out.

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