Tribune News Service
Anandpur Sahib, November 17. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today reiterated his claim that the Delhi Government was to blame for the recent clash at Gurdwara Rakabganj in the national capital.
Badal also cautioned that any alleged interference in the affairs of the Sikh community could vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the state as well as the country.
It was on Thursday that several persons were injured in clash between the supporters of the Delhi unit of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and the Akali Dal (Delhi). SAD leaders Daljeet Singh Cheema and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar had then blamed the Congress and the Union Government for the violence.
The Chief Minister, who was here to inaugurate the annual athletics meet of Sri Dashmesh Academy, alleged that the Delhi Government was hand in glove with the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Paramjeet Singh Sarna.
“They are hell bent upon holding direct elections to the post of DSGMC president despite the fact that there is no such provision in place for other constitutional posts, including President, Prime Minister or a Chief Minister. This is being done with the sole motive to help the ruling Congress recapture power in the next Assembly elections,” he said.
About the verbal spat between Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal and Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Health) Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu over recent sting operations to nab government doctors indulging in private practice, the Chief Minister said both of them had amicably resolved the issue.
Ramoowalia too joins fight
In New Delhi, SAD leader Balwant Singh Ramoowalia appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to stop Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit from “intervening” in the religious affairs of the Sikh community. He also appealed to the Prime Minister to hold DSGMC elections before December 31 and withdraw cases registered against members of the Delhi SAD (Badal) unit.