Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal today termed the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Act 2014 as an attack on the panth and said that it would lead to the entire world. There is a feeling of resentment among Sikhs.
Addressing a press conference here, the Akali Dal president said that it is very unfortunate that the Shiromani Committee, which is an inter-state body, has been made a provincial law. is being distributed on the basis of ’ although the power to make laws on this matter ’ is only in the hands of the Centre.
SC verdict recognizing the validity of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014 is a brutal attack on the ‘panth’ & it has caused deep resentment among Sikhs worldwide. The bifurcation of SGPC, an interstate body, by recognizing a state legislation is very unfortunate. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/JGMWRHIj6q
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) September 20, 2022
Badal said that the Congress party has been working on weakening the Sikh institutions along with the Akali Dal for decades and through the 2014 Act, separate Haryana to manage the Gurdwara Sahibs in Haryana. Forming the Gurdwara Committee is part of this strategy.
He said that it is highly condemnable that the Punjab government led by Captain Amarinder Singh took a stand against the Shiromani Committee in the Supreme Court in this case. He said that the work of laying the last nail in the coffin is done by the current Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann whose Advocate General filed a written affidavit against the Shiromani Committee in the court case.
Badal insisted that the Akali Dal had never violated the hundred-year-old Act. Will not tolerate harassment. He said that the party has called an urgent meeting of its senior leaders so that the future strategy including the legal aspect can be decided. Badal said that the first people in the country saw how the elected Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee overnight. It ’ was occupied by changing the form. He explained how Punjab is already suffering because its river waters have been taken away from it and it has been left without the capital city of Chandigarh. He said that by recognizing a separate Gurdwara Committee in Haryana, how the Shiromani Committee is being shortened.
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