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Diaspora Sikh body objects to Election Commission’s ban on conferences at Holla Mohalla and Baisakhi

March 19, 2014 | By

New York, US (March 19, 2014): American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (AGPC) on Wednesday (march 19) termed Election Commission of India’s move to prevent political conferences during Hola Mohalla and Baisakhi in Punjab as “anti-Sikh”.

As per certain media reports the AGPC said that as per Sikh traditions of Miri-Piri, such conferences are held to put up political agenda before the public, and added that such a ban is against ‘panthic’ conventions.

AGPC president Jaswant Singh Hothi and co-odinator Dr. Pritpal Singh stated in a press release that the ECI was surpassing its authority by interfering in Sikh religious affairs.

AGPC leaders also said that ECI should have restricted its role to ensuring free and fair elections only.

He said that there already was a conspiracy going on to mitigate ‘panthic’ and Sikh conventions and traditions, and added that this move was also in the same direction.

They also said that it was unfortunate that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which declares itself a “panthic party”, had immediately accepted the ECI guidelines.

Speaking in unison, they said that no religious leader has spoken against the ECI’s ban on conferences, and added that it was unfortunate.

“SAD has left its ‘panthic’ agenda totally, and was first to accept the dictates of the election commission. As per the Sikh traditions of Miri-Piri, the spiritual power gives directions to the temporal powers, but unfortunately, it is the way around now. Now, political powers are heavy on spiritual powers, and that’s why this is happening?” said Dr. Pritpal Singh.

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