December 8, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar, Punjab (December 08, 2013): According to certain media reports Punjab’s deputy Chief Minister and president of Punjab’s ruling party Shiromani Akali Dal Badal held a meeting with Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh at Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) information centre near ghanta ghar entrance of Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) on December 07, 2013.
Sukhbir had reportedly come to Darbar Sahib along with his wife Harsimrat Badal.
The meeting between Sukhbir Badal and Giani Gurbachan Singh was reportedly held in the basement room of the information centre and it last for about one hour.
As per information Giani Mal Singh (Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib), former Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Jasvir Singh Rodey, Sant Samaj leader Baba Sukhchain Singh Dharampura, SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar and SGPC senior-vice president Raghujit Singh Virk also attended the meeting.
Soon after the meeting Sukhbir Badal addressed the press at SGPC’s information centre and evaded all media queries asking for his response about the arrest of Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, who was arrested by Punjab polcie on his 22nd day of fast unto death in mid-night controversial action on intervening night of 5 and 6 December.
“Chaddo Jee Hor Gall Karo” (Spare it, talk about something else), was Sukhbir Badal’s reply, as quoted in some media reports.
After the meeting Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh did not take any questions from the media reporters and handed over a pre-written press release to the media persons instead.
According to some local journalists the language used in this particular press release does not match with the language used in press notes usually issued from/by Akal Takht secretariat.
The press release was issued without any date or signatures, and there was no mention of the person or authority issuing it.
According to a news reported by a local Punjabi journalist, Narinder Pal Singh, it is said in the press release that the hunger protest was started by Bhai Gurbaksh Singh on his own but it has brought global awareness about the cases of Sikhs confined in various jails despite serving the terms of their sentences.
It is further said that it was a serious issue and all the facts should have been collected before starting the protest but this was not done.
According to the press release the information sent to Akal Takht about six such cases was incomplete.
The press release reads that Giani Gurbachan Singh has still asked SGPC and Punjab government to pursue the cases of Sikh prisoners who are related to Punjab.
It was further said in the press release that fast unto death was against the Sikh principles and ‘Sikh principles should also be taken note of along with Sikh sentiments’.
There has been much criticism of Giani Gurbachan Singh’s unclear stand on the issue of Sikh prisoners.
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