Advocate Amrik Singh Varsikar has been appointed as chairman of the education committee which runs a primary school, a senior secondary school and an industrial training institute (ITI). Varsikar is also Maharashtra general secretary of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS).
JALANDHAR: The BJP is tightening its grip on Nanded’s Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib, one of the five temporal bodies of the Sikhs, making Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal squirm.
Despite strong opposition by Badal, the BJP-led Maharashtra government had appointed its MLA from Mulund in Mumbai Tara Singh as the chief of the management board of Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib in April. Now, Tara Singh has nominated other office-bearers to the body on Monday.
In his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 29, Badal had raised objections to Tara Singh being chosen as the chief of the management board.
However, Tara Singh went ahead with fresh appointments of the board’s secretary, education committee chairman and vice-president at a meeting on Monday. This is seen as another attempt by the BJP to boost its influence in the management of Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib.
Badal had complained to Modi that the Maharashtra government in February had amended the Takht Sri Hazoor Sahib Nanded Board Act, 1956, through an ordinance to the effect that the president of the board would be nominated by the government from the board members. Till then, the president was elected by the board.
In the fresh appointments, Tara Singh seems to have done a balancing act by electing a Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) nominee Bhupinder Singh Minhas as the new vice-president of the committee. Minhas is a nominated member of the SGPC from Mumbai. Paramjot Singh Chahal, a retired judge and a Maharashtra government nominee in the management board, was appointed secretary while advocate Amrik Singh Varsikar has been appointed as chairman of the education committee which runs a primary school, a senior secondary school and an industrial training institute (ITI). Varsikar is also Maharashtra general secretary of the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS).
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