Cong leader demands action against Badal

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Chandigarh, Nov 28 (UNI) Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira today demanded action against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal under the Sikh Gurudwara Election Inquiries Rules of 1925 as " the CM had committed an act of bribery" by instructing the police to allow Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandik Committee (SGPC) members to use red light beacons atop their vehicles.

This instruction and including another to permit security guards for SGPC members, issued on the eve of the General House Meeting of the SGPC to elect the office bearers and executive members held on November 23 at Amritsar, was violative of the Sikh Gurdwara Act of 1925, a letter issued by Mr Khaira here claimed.

Hence suitable action must be taken against the CM, the letter addressed to Home Minister Shivraj Patil stated.

The Chief Minister in order to allure the members of the SGPC, issued instructions to the police department to allow every member of the SGPC to use red light beacon atop their vehicles and also that all members be provided two security personnel of Punjab Police for their security, the letter added. Needless to mention that the very purpose to set up a statutory body under the Gurudwara Act 1925 was to make the SGPC independent and to prevent any political interference, the letter mentioned.

" By indulging in the participation in the General House meeting of the SGPC, the Chief Minister and his son and SAD working president Sukhbir Singh Badal had defeated the very purpose of independence of the SGPC", the letter claimed while alleging that Mr Badal was "responsible for polluting the working of the SGPC".


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