July 29, 2011 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh/Patiala (July 28, 2011): The election for the general house of Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), considered to be mini-Parliament of Sikhs, will be held on September 18 this year, reports various media sources.
Harcharan Singh Brar, head of Gurudwara Election Commissioner announced the poll schedule today and said that the model code of conduct has come into immediate effect.
Filing of nomination will start on August 4 and 10,000 booths will be set up in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pardesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The elections are held every five years. The SGPC comprises 170 elected members and 15 nominated members. Five priests of as many takhats and the head priest of the Golden temple are ex-officio members.
Punjab Government on Admin Overdrive
Chandigarh: Some other media reports says that months away from the assembly elections, the Punjab government is in an overdrive mode announcing schemes and en mass transfers of officials.
The government issued some 35 notifications, including the transfers of some deputy commissioners and the senior superintendents of police, in last two days, in anticipation of the model code of conduct, which came in force on Thursday following notification of the as SGPC.
Amrinder says, Badal’s hands are smeared with blood
Patiala: With the declaration of SGPC elections political heat is on the rise in Punjab. Asserting that Parkash Singh Badal was squarely responsible for the Operation Bluestar and the subsequent sequence of tragic events in the state, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President and former Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh Friday said, his hands were smeared in blood of innocent Punjabis. He said, Badal always exploited events and situations to his personal advantage at the cost of country’s interest.
Replying to questions during a press conference on Badal’s allegations against him, Capt Amarinder said, he was not answerable to him ( Badal) as people of Punjab already knew about his role during that period and afterwards. He said, Badal should be ashamed of his own role which is full of intrigue, betrayals and backstabbing. “He conspired with Gurcharan Singh Tohra to betray Sant Harchand Singh Longowal and later betrayed even Tohra also to have full control over Akali Dal”, he pointed out.
Posing a counter question to Badal, Capt Amarinder asked him to explain what was his role during those days and explain it to the people of Punjab. “Badal would always put up morchas, get himself arrested to hide in the safe havens of government rest houses, get people killed and come out to assume leadership and become Chief Minister”, the PCC President said, while asserting that Mr Badal had no moral authority to comment or question anybody’s role.
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