Chandigarh July 19: Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal Saturday announced it would hold a mega panthic conference (Vishal Panthic Ikath) of Sikhs from all over the world July 27 at Amritsar’s Golden Temple complex against the Haryana government’s move to set up a separate panel to manage gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) in the state.
The decision was taken at five-hour long meeting of the Akali Dal core committee held at the residence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh.
“The conference will chalk out the programme to fight the assault on Sikh religion, religious institutions and the Sikh Gurdwara Act 1925, by the Congress government in Haryana headed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at the behest of Congress president Sonia Gandhi,” Akali Dal general secretary Harcharan Singh Bains said here.
The Haryana assembly had Friday passed the Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Bill, 2014, under which the Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) would be set up to manage gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) in Haryana. The bill got the assent of the Haryana governor Monday.
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