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HSGPC row: All eyes on 6 July Kaithal Convention

July 5, 2014 | By

Karnal/ Haryana (July 05, 2014): Issue of formation of separate Gurdwara management committee (HSGPC) for Haryana is an issue of hot discussion now a days. All eyes are riveted on 6 July Sikh Convention called by the ad hoc Haryana SGPC at Kaithal. Haryana chief minister and senior Congress ministers are expected to attend this conference.

CM Hooda is likely to announce in the convention a separate Gurdwara Management Committee for Haryana, despite strong objection from his Punjab counterpart, Parkash Singh Badal.

Head office of SGPC

Head office of SGPC

Sources revealed Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) that after announcement of a separate SGPC for Haryana, the state government could call an assembly session immediately to pass a resolution in this regard to give it legal validity.

According to Didar Singh Nalvi, one of the main Haryana Sikh leaders demanding formation of HSGPC, Sikhs in Haryana are looking forward to the momentous occasion when a separate SGPC committee is created.

“We plan to give a memorandum to the chief minister in this regard at the Kaithal convention on 6 July and the proposal is likely to be accepted on the spot. We will be able to fulfill our long pending demand then,” he says.

Jagdish Singh Jhinda, another leader of HSGPC (ad hoc) said the law guarantees separate SGPC panel for Haryana and it is going to become a reality now.

Where as Nalvi and Jhinda alleges discrimination against the Haryana Sikhs by those controlling SGPC, Avtar Singh Makkar (president of SGPC) denies the allegation.

“We are running a number of schools and colleges in Haryana. It is a wrong impression that the creation of Haryana state SGPC (HSGPC) will empower the Sikh community in the state. In fact it would be weakened with the division of the SGPC,” says Makkar.

Meanwhile, SGPC member and senior vice president of Shiromani Akali Dal, Bhupinder Singh Assandh, has revolted against the party on the SGPC issue. Hitting out at Makkar, Assandh has said he is playing with the emotions of the Sikh community in Haryana.

“Avtar Singh Makkar is playing into the hands of the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. I support and demand a separate gurdwara committee of the SGPC in Haryana,” said Bhupinder Singh Assandh.

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