Sikhs worldwide expressed outrage after Tara Singh a BJP MLA with RSS link appointed President of Management Board of Takht Sri Hazur Sahib by the Maharasthra government.
However, Kar Sewa Babe of Hazur Sahib welcomed Tara Singh with open arms and gave him a Siropa.
In a media report a Sikh scholar named Ashok Bagarian said, “There cannot be a greater disrespect to the sacred memory of Guru Gobind Singh than a non-baptised Sikh heading the board for administrative control of the place dedicated to the sacred ‘amrit’ river.”
The Sikh community around the world expressed anger and urged the Akal Takht to take action against the matter.
SGPC secretary Manjeet Singh from Calcutta said, “The saffron brigade has taken over the management of Takht Hazur Sahib.” “Where is the ruling Akali Dal today and why doesn’t it hold a ‘morcha’ against the BJP or sever its ties with it over the issue.”
He also accused SGPC head Makkar that he didn’t waste anytime taking over board of Takht Sri Patna Sahib but played “lip service” when BJP took over Hazur Sahib board.
SGPC president Avtar Makkar said, “Maharashtra government led by BJP is interfering in religious affairs of Sikhs.”
Akal Takht Sahib Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, “said that Tara Singh is not eligible for the post and directed to appoint a person with religious nature.”