In a strategy to garner more support for the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC), the Sikh leaders of Haryana have announced to hold a Panthic Ikath in Karnal on July 28.
The date has been strategically fixed a day after the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has proposed to convene a Sikh convention at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, to oppose bifurcation of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
Key HSGMC supporter and convener of the Sikh congregation to be held here, Jagdish Singh Jhinda, told Hindustan Times on Wednesday that delegates from Pakistan Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and various Indian states, who support independent panels to manage gurdwaras, were expected to attend the meeting.
He said that the Karnal summit would highlight reasons on why the community wanted to part ways with the SGPC and that the development would not affect Sikh maryada.
“We have immediately suspended our statewide shanti march to protest against the heavy presence of SAD leaders and their armed supporters at all historic gurdwaras, to make arrangements for the Panthic Ikath. The decisions taken at Amritsar’s convention would be given a befitted reply with sound reasoning by a gathering of Sikh scholars, prominent Sikh leaders and ex-SGPC jathedars in Karnal,” said Jhinda.
He accused Punjab chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal and his son deputy chief minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal of interfering in the religious and administrative matters of Haryana gurdwaras.
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espite the Centre’s objections and a brewing confrontation, Haryana government on Wednesday went ahead and constituted a 41-member, ad hoc Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) to manage, supervise and take over the assets of gurdwaras in the state.
No office-bearers were categorised immediately, though Jagdish Singh Jhinda and Didar Singh Nalwi, the two leaders at the forefront of the HSGMC campaign, were named right on top on the list of members. Nalwi said the ad hoc panel would elect an 11-member executive to run the HSGMC. A spokesman said the committee constituted under the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Act 2014 passed by the Haryana Vidhan Sabha would continue to hold charge until a new committee is elected as provided for in the law.
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