July 18, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Amritsar, Punjab (July 18, 2014): A delegation of Sikh leaders led by United Sikh Forum convener Bhai Mohkam Singh met Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on 17 July and demanded that the decision to ex-communicate Haryana Sikh leaders be withdrawn.
Bhai Mohkam Singh, in a statement, said the issue of a separate gurdwara committee for Haryana was purely political. He said the Act in this regard was formulated by the Haryana Government while Jagdish Singh Jhinda and Deedar Singh Nalvi were not signatories to it. “Therefore, the decision to ex-communicate them should be immediately withdrawn,” he said.
According to him, the Sikhs in Haryana first bore the brunt of Partition in 1947, then they were separated in the name of Punjabi Suba and now they were being separated due to the incompetence of the SGPC. He said freedom was every human being’s right and initiating “inappropriate” action against anybody fighting for freedom was not correct. He also alleged that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal wanted to disturb the atmosphere of Punjab in the name of separate gurdwara panel for Haryana.