September 10, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Abohar: Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leader Balwinder Singh Bhundar today triggered a controversy by addressing Parkash Singh Badal as “Badshah Darvesh“. He was addressing ‘pol-khol‘ rally organised by SAD (Badal) at Abohar. The term “Badshah Darvesh” is used by Sikhs to address Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
The SAD (B) is already facing opposition from Sikh circles in wake of release of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission that had brought forward proofs that SAD (B) leaders Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal had pressed SGPC appointed Jathedars to grant so-called pardon to controversial Dera Sauda Sirsa chief Gurmit Ram Rahim.
The move had caused massive unrest amongst the Sikhs. Justice Ranjit Singh Commission has also identified role of Badals in failure to arrest Dera Sauda Sirsa followers who committed beadbi of Guru Granth Sahib in 2015 and ordering police action against peaceful Sikh gatherings in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan.
SAD (B) was attempting to divert attention from issues critical to it by holding such gatherings but Balwinder Singh Bhundar’s statement has further added to its trouble.