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Controversial Dera Sauda Support Could Backfire for Badal Dal; Sikh groups call for boycott of SAD (Badal)

February 3, 2017 | By

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has put foot in mouth by ‘promising to hold Dera Sauda Sirsa chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’ in Punjab in exchange of dera’s promise to vote SAD (Badal) in Feb. 4 polls. In attempt to get dera’s support in elections the SAD (Badal) has risked it’s Sikh support base- a large section of which is already disillusioned from the SAD (B). The move is likely to backfire in the remainder Sikh support base of the SAD (B) as the Dera Sauda Sirsa is known for it’s anti-Sikh activities.

A number of Sikh organizations have  strongly condemned SAD (Badal) for refreshing ties with the controversial dera. Paramjit Singh Sarna, former chief of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (DSGMC), has urged the Akal Takht Sahib to take strong note of Badal Dal’s ‘anti-Sikh move’. Sarna said that the SAD (Badal) has violated the 17 May, 2007 Hukumnama issued by the then Singh Sahibs – Giani Joginder Singh Vendanti, Giani Iqbal Singh, Giani Tarlochan Singh, Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh and Giani Jagtar Singh. The Hukumnama had directed Sikhs not to keep any social or political ties with the controversial dera in wake of dera chief’s notorious attempt to personify himself as tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji.

Sikander Maluka and other SAD (Badal) leaders at Jeet Palace Bathinda | February 01, 2017

Former jathedar and Panthic Talmel Sangathan leader Giani Kewal Singh said that SAD (Badal)’s alliance with anti-Sikh forces stands exposed.

Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast (USA) has accused the Badal Dal for denouncing the Sikh traditions. SCCEC president Himmat Singh also blamed SAD (Badal) for incidents of beadbi of Guru Granth Sahib.

Dal Khalsa has predicted that after handshaking with the pseudo Sirsa cult, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) will meet its waterloo after Feb 4.

Notwithstanding the outcome of the election result, the Dal Khalsa proclaimed, “the Sikhs would not allow the Sirsa dera to do any sacrilege act or anti-gurmat satsang anywhere on the soil of Punjab.

Party president H S Cheema and spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said God fearing and devout Sikhs will teach Badals a lesson for hobnobbing with the anti-Sikh elements and also for deviating from the path of righteousness.

Representatives of various Sikh groups held a press conference at Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Chandigarh and called for political and social boycott of the SAD (Badal).

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