Chandigarh, January 30, 2013: The Shiromani Akali Dal Patron-in-Chief and Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Parkash Singh Badal today described the resounding win of the SAD in the DSGMC poll as a "victory of the Khalsa Panth" and said that the overwhelming victory has filled him and his party "with profound humility, gratitude and a huge sense of responsibility towards the Sikh masses who have placed their faith in the Shiromani Akali Dal. "
"The verdict should also teach a lesson to the Congress party and its stooges that the Sikhs will never tolerate any interference in their religious affairs. The way the entire government in Delhi and Congress leaders like the External Affairs Minister of State Parneet Kaur and Captain Amaridner Singh campaigned for the Sarnas had left the Sikhs in doubt that the fight really was between the Khalsa Panth and the Congress and its stooges. The verdict was therefore never in doubt. I hope the Congress leaders at the national level also draw the right lesson from it," said Badal.
The Chief Minister further said that "The historic verdict, coming away from Punjab and in the teeth of opposition by the Congress government in Delhi, carries a historic message. After the overwhelming response which the SAD had received from the Sikh masses in Punjab, Himachal Pardesh and Haryana, this thumping victory in Delhi now has proved yet again that Shiromani Akali Dal is the sole representative of the religious and political aspirations of the Sikh masses all over the world. The verdict also signals a rejection of the accomplices of the anti-Sikh Congress party," said Badal in a statement here.
Badal thanked the discerning voters of Delhi for delivering a forceful mandate in favour of the SAD and a telling blow to those who conspired with the enemies of the Panth and worked against the glory of the highest religious institutions of the Sikhs. The results of the DSGMC are the strongest proof, if proof indeed was needed, that the Sikh masses never compromise on the highest traditions of the religion and punish any attempt to challenge its highest institutions. The attempts to denigrate these religious traditions and institutions have been delivered a decisive blow, "said Badal.
The SAD patron-in-chief declared that his party would honour each and every word of the commitments it had made with Sikh Sangat during the campaign. "We regard this as a sacred mission and the faith reposed in us by the Sikh masses has increased our sense of responsibility towards them. There are long pending issues of the Sikh masses in Delhi that need to be addressed and we will get down to solving these from day one. We regard this verdict as very sacred," said Badal.
The SAD supremo also thanked the leaders and workers of Shiromani Akali Dal who worked tirelessly day and night to ensure the ouster of the stooges of the anti-Sikh Congress from the holy Sikh shrines.
Badal also thanked all religious and other organisation and personalities who contributed to the victory of the SAD in this historic poll.