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Protests erupt as SGPC,Akali Dal refuse to accept HSGPC

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delhi_sgpc_protestsFailed to stop the formation of the Haryana Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC), the SGPC and Akali Dal has now resorted to state wide protests to prevent HSGPC ad-hoc committee from entering the Haryana’s gurudwaras.Shiromani Akali Dal and SGPC has sent hundreds of volunteers from Amritsar besides the 150 SGPC task force members to prevent HSGPC members taking possession of the Sikh temples.Sources said hundreds of Sikh volunteers have reached various gurudwaras in Haryana . SGPC and Akali Dal leaders are tight lipped about the move and are avoiding media persons on the issue.

SGPC and Akali Dal activists on Friday organised protests in New Delhi and Ambala. Protests in Ambala were organised at Gurdwara Sri Panjokhra Sahib against the HSGPC bill.

Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal activists during a protest outside AICC in New Delhi on Friday. SAD activists protested over a legislation to set up a separate Sikh committee to manage gurudwaras in Haryana. The proest was organised under the leadership of Senior Akali Dal leader Hira Singh Gabria and Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal activists.

SGPC and Akali Dal Delhi staged a demonstration outside the Congress office .Scores of Sikh protesters protested with black flags and shouted slogans against AICC President Sonia Gandhi and Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The angry Sikh protesters also tried to break the barricade put up by the police which later resorted to water cannons to disperse the protesters.

Meanwhile Haryana Chief Secretary S.C. Choudhary on Friday said that Haryana Governor has already given his assent to the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara  (Management) Bill 2014, which has now become an Act.

“In case anyone has any objection, he can challenge it in the Court of law.The court would see whether it is legal or not and deliver its verdict or the Vidhan Sabha can amend it. As the Governor has already given his assent to the Bill, he cannot withdraw it after it has become a Law,” S C Chaudhary said.
Reacting to a letter received by him  from the Union Home  Secretary,Anil Goswami on the issue, Chaudhary said that a notification for Haryana Sikh Gurdwara  (Management) Bill 2014, has already been issued, thus
completing the legislative process.

“Legal opinion was sought to pass the Bill and thereafter it was tabled in the Vidhan Sabha because it is under the jurisdiction of the State Assembly,” Chaudhary said.

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