Bajwa warns Modi government against crushing Haryana Sikhs aspirations


Chandigarh, July 7, 2014: The Punjab Pradesh Congress President, Partap Singh  Bajwa, warned the Narendra Modi government at the centre against  any move to crush the aspirations of the Sikhs in Haryana by creating hurdles in the way of the formation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee at the instance of the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal.
He slammed Badal for blaming the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi   rather than respecting the long pending demands of the Sikhs in the neighbouring state who wanted to manage their own religio-political affairs as they had been feeling neglected and discriminated against at the hands of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. He said the enabling provision to form this body existed under the Punjab Re-organisation Act  and as such, there was nothing illegal about the move of the Haryana government to enact legislation for the creation of a separate gurdwara management panel for that state.
He took Badal and his Deputy Chief Minister son Sukhbir Singh Badal to task for misleading the people saying that the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925 was an Act of Parliament whereas this legislation had been enacted by the Punjab Assembly. This Act went under the jurisdiction of the Parliament only when the SGPC became an inter-state body corporate with the division of Punjab in 1966.
He said this would facilitate the emergence of the Sikhs as a powerful religio-political group and they would now be in a position to bargain in the political permutation and combination of Haryana as had been the case in Delhi after the formation of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee.  It was this emergence of the Sikhs as a powerful group which would weaken the bargaining power of the Badal family and hence its vociferous opposition by them. The Badals should learn lesson from the fact that only three persons went to Kaithal to protest against the convention where the Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, made the announcement.
He made it clear the Congress in Haryana had only accepted long pending demand of the Sikhs in that state and this could in no way be construed as a move to divide the Sikhs as already, the Delhi gurdwaras were managed by the Delhi Sikhs and Takhts at Patna Sahib and Hazoor Sahib by their respective boards.

Monday, July 7, 2014