Haryana Sikhs give 30-day ultimatium to state govt

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Karnal, Sep 7 (UNI) The Sikhs of Haryana today gave a 30-day ultimatium to the state government to grant approval for the formation of a seprate committee for managing the gurdwaras in Haryana which are currently under the jurisdication of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandik Committee (SGPC).

The ultimatium was given at a rally of the Sikh community of Haryana held here. The rally was attended by leaders of several Sikh organisations barring the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) which controls the SGPC.

A resolution adopted at the rally called upon the Haryana Government to give its approval within 30-days for the establishment of an independent Sikh body to manage the shrines in Haryana. This body when formed would be known as the Haryana Gurdwara Parbandik Committee.

The resolution criticised the Hooda-government for the delay in announcing the formation of the Committee. The government has formed a committee headed by Agriculture minister H S Chatha to prepare a report for the formation of a seprate gurdwara committee for the Sikhs of Haryana.

Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has been assuring the Sikhs of Haryana that they would have a seprate committee to manage their shrines. He had recently stated that the government would form the committee as soon as the Chatha committee submits its report to the government. The Congress in its last election manifesto had promised to setup a seprate gurdwara committee for Haryana.

The resolution adopted at the rally further stated that if the government failed to meet the demand of the Sikhs within 30-days, the community would be left with no other option but to take control of all gurdwaras in the state which are currently being managed by the Amritsar-based SGPC. " The Sikhs of Haryana will form a 45-member committee to manage these shrines if the state government does not conceed to our demand within 30-days", the resolution stated.

Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) member Harjinder Singh Sarna, former Akal Takht Jathedar Jasbir Singh Rode addressed the rally alongwith several prominent Sikhs of Haryana. However no leader of the Congress attended the rally.

A Sikh leader from Himachal Pradesh Tejinder Singh too demanded a seprate gurdwara committee for the Sikhs of the hill state. The SGPC is currently managing several shrines in Himachal.

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