‘Sarbat Khalsa’ organisers patch up as parallel jathedars intervene

SAD (A) leaders were unhappy with UAD leaders who did not support them and parallel jathedars during Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll.

punjab Updated: Nov 20, 2017 11:23 IST
Surjit Singh
Surjit Singh
Hindustan Times, Amritsar
Sarbat Khalsa,parallel jathedars,Sikhism
Acting parallel jathedar of Akal Takht Dhian Singh Mand (sitting, left) and parallel jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Baljit Singh Daduwal (right) with others on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)

As parallel jathedars intervened to resolve the rift between the Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and United Akali Dal (UAD), the two radical parties, who played a vital role in organising the 2015 ‘Sarbat Khalsa’, on Sunday buried their differences and pledged to act unitedly.

Amrik Singh Ajnala’s move to resign from the post of parallel jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib was not the only cause of worry for parallel jathedars, the rift among organisers of ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ had also them into a tizzy.

It was in this backdrop that acting parallel jathedar of Akal Takht Dhian Singh Mand and Takht Damdama Sahib ‘jathedar’ Baljit Singh Daduwal called a meeting on Sunday. They wanted to facilitate a compromise between the two parties.These parties along with other Sikh bodies had taken the initiative to hold ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ at Chabba village in Amritsar district on November 10, 2015.

SAD (A) leaders were unhappy with the UAD leaders as the latter did not support them and parallel jathedars during the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD-A) leaders, including its president Simranjit Singh Mann, general secretaries Jaskaran Singh Kahan Singh Wala and Jarnail Singh Sakhira, UAD president Mohkam Singh and general secretary Gurdeep Singh Bathinda attended the meeting.

The meeting, which started at around 3.30 pm at Sakhira’s residence in a hush-hush manner, went on till 8.30 pm.

“After a long discussion, both the parties have resolved to bury their differences and work unitedly as earlier,” said Sakhira after the meeting.

Sources told HT that the differences between the two parties on several issues had left the parallel jathedars worrying. Their positions seemed precarious, with the parties which installed them going at loggerheads. So, they were on their toes to resolve the differences between the two parties.

SAD (A) leaders were unhappy with the UAD leaders as the latter did not support them and parallel jathedars during the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll. Amid this row, Mann had also described Daduwal as an ally of the Congress.

Sources said these were some of the issues which created misunderstanding between the two parties and have now been resolved in the meeting. Mand, who presided over the meeting, convinced the two panthic parties that they appointed him and others as jathedars during the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ and their mutual relations must be normal. However, the differences took five hours to be resolved.

Meanwhile, Ajnala stayed away from the meeting even as the parallel jathedars claimed that he would attend the meeting. Sources said the parallel jathedars will now approach Ajnala to pacify him.

First Published: Nov 20, 2017 11:23 IST