August 13, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar, Punjab (August 13, 2013): According to media reports the Haryana unit of Simranjeet Singh Mann led Shiromani Akali Dal Mann (Amritsar) wants the Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to play the lead role in finding an amicable solution to the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) issue that is acceptable both to the Sikhs of Haryana as well as to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
This viewpoint was expressed in a memorandum that was handed over to Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh by a two-member delegation of SAD (Amritsar) from the neighbouring state.
According to a news reported by the Hindustan Times (HT), [t]he delegation comprised Ajit Singh Kahlon, president of the Haryana unit of the party, and Mukhwinder Singh Cheema. They claimed that the memorandum was prepared after taking party chief Simranjit Singh Mann into confidence.
“The feud must be put to an end and a solution found at the earliest. The violence that took place outside the gurdwaras in Haryana had tarnished the image of the Sikh community,” the memorandum said.
“We are neither in favour of eroding the status of the SGPC, nor do we want a solution that will show the Sikhs of Haryana as the vanquished. Retain the status of the SGPC while giving the Haryana Sikhs justice,” the two Akali leaders said, but did not elaborate.
In the memorandum, they demanded that the Akal Takht Jathardar to form a joint committee for finding a solution after talking to the leaders of the HSGMC and the SGPC. The committee could comprise members of both the sides as well as some neutral members of the community, the memorandum suggested.
“Thereafter, the Akal Takht Jathedar can take a final decision on the basis of the suggestions given by the committee,” the two leaders told the media.
When pointed out that the matter was before the Supreme Court, which had ordered a status quo on the management of gurdwaras in Haryana, the SAD (Amritsar) leaders said the Akal Takht was the supreme temporal authority of Sikhs and was within its rights to take a decision.
In the memorandum, the two also appealed to the jathedar to withdraw the edict excommunicating HSGMC chief Jagdish Singh Jhinda, its senior vice-president Didar Singh Nalvi and Haryana minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha from the Sikh Panth.
They felt the withdrawal of the edict would send positive signals to the Sikhs of their state.
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