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Cong Interference in religious affairs of Sikhs intolerable: Badal

Posted on Nov 12, 07:16AM | UNI

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today categorically said the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) would not tolerate any interference by the Congress party in the religious affairs of the Sikhs.

Talking to the mediapersons on the sidelines of the 16 death anniversary of Subedaar Bapu Kartar Singh Dhaliwal, father of Cabinet Minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, here today, the Chief Minister said the move of amending the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1971 by Congress Government at Delhi was a testimony to the fact that the Congress was meddling in the religious affairs of the Sikhs thereby inciting their religious passions, which could never be tolerated.

He said this was not first such instance but in the past too the Congress party had been involved in various such activities due to which the religious sentiments of the Sikhs have been hurt time and again.

Mr Badal said the sole aim of the Congress leadership behind this amendment was to extend benefit to Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Chief Paramjeet Singh Sarna and his coterie, who were working at Congress leadership's behest to weaken the Panth.

He said it was a well calculated conspiracy of the government to delay these already overdue Gurdwara Elections in the guise of this amendment bill so that Sarna and his coterie could remain 'cling' to their posts, despite the fact that the Supreme Court had vide its order asked the Delhi government to conduct these overdue elections before December 31, 2012.

Mr Badal said there was no provision of direct election either in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), apex body of Sikhs, or in any religious or other body in India adding that no such provision exists in any of the elected constitutional bodies in the country.