Haryana Sikhs give 30-day ultimatum to state govt

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

The ultimatum was given at a rally of the Sikh community of Haryana held here. Which 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 Parbandhak 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 submited its report to the government. The Congress in its last election manifesto had promised to set up a separate 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 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 concede 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 along with 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 separate gurdwara committee for the Sikhs of the hill state. The SGPC was currently managing several shrines in Himachal Pradesh.

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