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Upset over RSS role in gurdwara affairs, SAD skips NDA meeting

February 01, 2019 05:07 AM


Upset over RSS role in gurdwara affairs, SAD skips NDA meeting
Akalis To Hold Core Panel Meet On Feb 3


To show resentment against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) interference in gurdwara affairs, SAD on Thursday skipped NDA’s meeting convened in New Delhi for discussing strategy for the Budget session despite being a BJP ally.

The Akali Dal has now scheduled its core committee meeting at its party headquarters in Chandigarh on February 3 to decide further course of action. Daljit Singh Cheema, former SAD minister and party’s spokesperson, said, “It is a sensitive issue. We have already told the BJP top leadership as well as the Maharashtra government earlier that there should not be any interference in Sikh religious matters.”

He added that the core committee would deliberate on the issue of Gurdwara Hazur Sahib management committee as well as the current political situation.

The gurdwara is located in Nanded, Maharashtra, and is one of the five temporal seats of the Sikhs. The BJP government in Maharastra was pushing for amending the Hazur Sahib Management Act, 1956, to elect its management committee members and to appoint its chairperson as per its choice. But SAD had raised the issue with the Maharashtra chief minister Devinder Fadnavis that keeping in view the sentiments of the community, the state government should allow the gurdwara to be managed by its 17-member board as per the old arrangement and the Sikh community to decide on the appointment of its chairman.

Akali Dal MLA from Rajouri Garden and its national spokesperson Manjinder Singh Sirsa tweeted, “@Akali Dal - the oldest constituent of the NDA is forced to skip the NDA meeting because of continued interference of the BJP in gurdwara affairs. Commitment to Sikhs takes the centrestage for Akali Dal rather than power or politics.”

Party president Sukhbir Singh Badal, his wife and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur and many Akali MPs were in New Delhi on Thursday

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