Separate Haryana Sikh body assault on Sikhs says Badal
Punjab chief minister Prkash Singh Badal on Sunday sharply reacted to his Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s announcement to form Haryana Sikh Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (HSGPC).
Badal said that it was a ‘cheap step’ aimed at scoring brownie points in media.He also said that it was unfortunate that the Congress was irrelevantly meddling in the religious affairs of the Sikhs adding that the Congress party was walking on the footsteps of tyrannical Mughal rule to weaken the Sikh power.
“After operation Blue Star and anti-Sikh riots of 1984, this was the third major assault of Congress against the Sikh community,” Badal said.
The Chief Minister further said that by taking this step the Congress party has inflicted a serious blow to the Sikh psyche as none of the true Sikh wants any separate committee for the management of Gurudwaras.
Mr. Badal said that though the Haryana government was completely incompetent to enact this separate committee but it has taken this step just for political gains. However he said that this politically motivated step of the Haryana Congress would not succeed as the party would be completely routed out in the coming assembly polls of the state. “I firmly believe that the Congress would never succeed in its nefarious designs to divide the Sikh community and this Committee will never come into existence” added Badal.
The Chief Minister said that the worst thing was that even leaders like Lok Sabha MP Captain Amarinder Singh and state Congress Chief Partap Singh Bajwa were justifying the decision of their party instead of showing resentment against this irrelevant and unnecessary action of the Haryana Congress government. He said that these leaders have apparently forgotten the countless sacrifices made by the Sikhs for forming the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee.
Badal further said that for the sake of their narrow political gains these leaders have became puppet in the hands of their party high command and were acting as a tool to weaken the power of Sikhs and were bent hell upon to tarnish the glorious legacy of Sikh panth.