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Haryana,Punjab Sikh leaders lock horns over HSGPC

Harmohinder-Singh-ChattaThe war of words between the Haryana and Punjab Sikh leaders on the issue of  Haryana Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC) is becoming murkier day by day.

Haryana’s finance minister  Harmohinder Singh Chatha has alleged that the donations collected from Haryana gurudwaras, Rs 172 cr approximately, is being spent in Amritsar by the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC).

“Those employed in Haryana gurudwaras belong to Amritsar.Most of the money is spent in Amritsar.There are unemployed Sikhs in Haryana but they are not employed in the state Gurudwaras.I foundn in one of the state gurudwaras that only one out of 21 Sikhs employed by SGPC one belongs to Haryana,” Harmohinder Singh Chatha said.

Chatha said that the state government can announce a separate Sikh body for Haryana on July 7 during the Sikh convention being organised in Kaithal.He said that the state government had the ad-hoc HSGPC had received around 2.5 lac affidavits from Haryana Sikhs who have favoured a separate Sikh body in the state.

Meanwhile the Akal Takht chief Gyani Burbachan Singh has termed the Haryana’s move as anti Sikh and divisive.He has termed the move a politically motivated and has warned that this can disturb the peace in the region.

“There are some power hungry Sikhs who have joined hands with the Congress to weaken the SGPC.They want to divide the Sikh community.We will not allow this to happen,” Gyani Gurbachan Singh said.

Separate Sikh body issue has been galvanized by the political overtones now as the Congress is keen to influence the 47 lac Sikh voters.SGPC and Akali Dal dont want to lose the control over Haryana gurudwaras as they generate over 172 cr rupees per annum.

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