SAD-BJP delegation urges Governor to direct Punjab govt to immediately withdraw its affidavit of supporting a separate Sikh body for Haryana

Chandigarh/ February 14: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president S. Sukhbir Singh Badal today accused the Capt Amrinder Singh led Congress government of conspiring to weaken Sikh institutions including the apex body for the management of Sikh Shrines- Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) by supporting the idea of a separate Gurdwara body for Haryana with the sole of fulfilling the anti-Sikh agenda of the Gandhi family even as he demanded the immediate withdrawal of additional affidavit filed by the state government in the apex court in this regard.

Addressing media persons outside Punjab Raj Bhawan, the SAD president said during the Hooda government in Haryana, an attempt was made to interfere in Sikh affairs by proposing the idea of the separate Sikh body in the state. “But then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh assured us that no such an attempt would be entertained as he understood the sensitivity of this matter because his ancestors had also made great sacrifices for establishment of the SGPC- a Sikh body for the management of Sikh shrines. He said later however Dr. Singh showed his helplessness as Sonia Gandhi decided to constitute a separate Sikh body for Haryana.

Earlier a joint delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) Punjab led by Sukhbir Singh Badal and Madan Mohan Mittal met the Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore and requested him to direct the state government to immediately withdraw the additional affidavit filed by it in the supreme court which supports the Haryana government by saying that the state assembly of Haryana is competent to enact a law after the Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1925. It also demanded a high-level judicial inquiry to expose the conspiracy of the Congress government to jeopardize the interest of the Sikh community and the apex body for the management of Sikh shrines. 

The joint delegation also urged the Punjab Governor to direct the state of Punjab to immediately register a criminal case against minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Advisor Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon and S. Manjinder Singh Dhillon for causing death to former Sarpanch Surjit Singh who was a prime witness in the Behbal Kalan firing incident as well as demanded Kangar and Kushaldeep Dhillon’s removal from the cabinet of ministers and the post of Advisor to CM Punjab respectively.

Speaking about the death of Surjit Singh, the SAD president said the prime witness of Behbal Kalan firing incident was mentally tortured and humiliated at the behest of the Congress leaders who wanted to stop him from disposing as a witness in the case in order to save accused police persons . “Kangar and Dhillon used one way or another to deter Surjit Singh from giving testimony against the culprits by mentally harassing him through the Powercom department officials by imposing heavy penalties as well as insulting his family members including ladies”. He said these shocking disclosures were made by the deceased’s wife and son.

The SAD president said it was shocking that despite all efforts including a meeting with the CM made by the widow of S. Surjit Singh to expose the conspiracy behind his husband’s death, the state government had not initiated any high-level independent inquiry into the incident. “Keeping in view the sensitivity and gravity of the case, it should be referred to the CBI for an independent inquiry,” he added.  The SAD-BJP delegation also demanded full proof security to Surjit Singh’s family as well as all the witnesses of the sacrilege cases. It also demanded strict action against all the officers who did not take proper and timely action on the applications of Surjit Singh.

Terming the state government‘s stance on the issue of a separate Gurdwara management body for Haryana as the biggest betrayal with interests of the Punjab and Sikh community, SAD president said that at the behest of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi Captain had changed Punjab’s stance on this very sensitive issue while filing a fresh affidavit in the supreme court of India. “This is akin to the second attack orchestrated by the Gandhi family on the Sikh community after it attacked our holiest shrine-Sri Harmandir sahib with tanks and mortars in 1984,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion BJP senior leader Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal said not providing protection to a prime witness of a very important case proved the malafide intent of the present Congress government. “Instead of protecting the witness, Congress ministers harassed and humiliated the witness with the sole aim of protecting the culprits. This is unwarranted,” he added.

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