Sikh conclave calls for boycott of Badals

Punjab Update Bureau

Amritsar, October 21: The Sikh bodies at first ever Panthic Assembly called for boycott of Akali Dal patriarch and 5-time chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and party president Sukhbir Singh Badal. The conclave demanded installation of portraits of  Krishan Bhagwan Singh and  Gurjeet Singh who were killed in police firing in 2015 while protesting against sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib.

This assembly discussed various aspects of sacrilege and police firing in 2015 when Badal was the chief minister with Sukhbir as the deputy chief minister.

The Panthic Assembly declared the father-son duo of Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal as killers of Sikhs and traitors of the Khalsa Panth and appeals to the Sikhs to boycott them.

The Panthic Assembly passed a number of resolutions on various aspects of sacrilege, the status of Jathedar Akal Takht, the working of the SGPC and endorsement of the Baragari Morcha on the second day of 2-day deliberations.

The Panthic Assembly expresses heart-felt condolences to the families of those killed in the heart-breaking tragedy that struck Amritsar when scores were killed on the railway tracks.

The resolution on Akal Takht stated that  the resignation of Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh is no way related to his failing health, but is due to the failing standards of the working of the august institution of Akal Takht  under the present dispensation. He has quit the office as his guilt-consciousness has got the better of his greed to stick to office despite being rejected by nearly all sections of the community. He has stayed put under pressure of the highest echelons of the Shiromani Akali Dal –the political party that appointed him and which forced him from time to time to take decisions, which were clearly against the wishes and concerns of the Sikh people,

The Panthic meet rejected the appointment of Jathedar Akal Takht that will be carried out the SGPC without Panthic consultation and in the absence of norms for appointment, removal and framework of work for Takht jathedars.

If the SGPC continues its undemocratic working of appointing the Jathedar only on the basis of the wishes of the leadership of the Shiromani Akali Dal, the incumbent will meet the same fate as of Giani Gurbachan Singh and will not be acceptable to the community, ab initio.

The Panthic Assembly urged the SGPC to install at the earliest the portraits of Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Bhai Gurjeet Singh –the martyrs of Behbal Kalan police firing in the gallery of martyrs at the Central Sikh Museum, Amritsar. At the same time, the assembly asked the SGPC to remove the portrait of former Jathedar Mal Singh Ghuman as he was instrumental in pardoning the chief of the  Dera Sacha Sauda chief.

The assembly demanded ban on Dera Sacha Sauda and its branches. The resolution stated that Dera Sacha Sauda could not have expanded to such an extent and built so much of clout without the express and subtle support and patronage of the Indian state and their political agents and agencies In Punjab and Haryana and they could not have dared to commit sacrilege and get away with it due to the blanked impunity granted to him and his followers.

The reports of the Justice Jora Singh Commission and Justice Ranjit Singh Commission and the People’s Commission of Justice Markandey Katju have clearly established that all mischief, blasphemous acts and sacrilege in Burj Jawahar Singh Wala, Bargari and more than a 100 other places in Punjab Haryana and Rajasthan, is the handiwork of the people associated with this dera.

The resolution notes that the Commission reports have also established that the Premis could not have acted on their own but were receiving directions from the Sauda Dera in Sirsa from its chief and his team of advisors.

The earlier government of Shiromani Akali Dal Badal and the present Congress government have not gone into uncovering this conspiracy for their petty political needs of support from the Sauda Sirsa vote bank and have been hiding behind the facade of secularism in allowing the Dera to continue its nefarious activities in their Namcharcha Ghars and other forums.

It was demanded that a ban must be imposed by the government of Punjab under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, on the Sauda Sirsa Dera, all the namcharcha ghars and other  institutions of the Dera which must be sealed and no trace of this anti-Sikh blasphemous Dera must be allowed to exist in Punjab and Haryana.

The Dera chief should be tried in for acts of blasphemy and sacrilege.

Another resolution underlines that bargari and Behbal Kalan are the culmination of the huge conspiracy to first hurt the Sikhs and then kill them when they stand up for the sanctity and respect of Guru Granth Sahib.

It was stated that the Indian state by default allows the nefarious designs of sacrilege and blasphemy to happen and then reduce it to a law and order problem, allowing the police and other forces to kill innocent protestors as has happened in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan.

The Panthic assembly appealed to the people of all religions to continue their participation and presence at Bargari to mount pressure on the government of the day to deliver justice at the earliest.

It was resolved to publish a white paper to go into the entire gamut of the Bargari, Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura incidents in the context of the role of the  Dera Sacha Sauda  and its chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim. A committee of lawyers, human rights activists and other experts will be soon formed to draft this White Paper.

The Assembly also asked the government of India to respond positively to the Pakistan government proposal for the Kartarpur corridor. The Assembly thanks the State of Pennsylvania in the US for declaring the November 1984 killings of the Sikhs as the genocide of the Sikhs.

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