Tribune News Service
Amritsar, November 15. The SAD (Delhi) and the SAD (Badal) have blamed each other for the Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib violence in Delhi. The two sides have been on a collision course ever since the SAD (Delhi) led by Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna proposed an amendment for direct election to the post of DSGMC president.
Talking to The Tribune, Sarna said an executive meeting was on when SAD (Badal) leaders like Avtar Singh Hit and Manjit Singh GK and their supporters tried to force their way into the venue. “When stopped by sewadars on duty, they threw stones, broke windows and resorted to violence, brandishing swords and opening fire into the air.”
He said the SAD (Badal) leaders had no right to be present at the executive meeting. He alleged that the SAD (Badal) leaders had “lost their balance” and were conniving with DSGMC general secretary Gurmit Singh whose wife had recently been elected BJP councillor in New Delhi.
On the other hand, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said the DSGMC general secretary had sent invitations to SAD (Badal) leaders for the meeting. “But when they reached there, they were attacked by DSGMC task force members without any provocation”.
He alleged that Sarna apprehended defeat in the coming DSGMC elections and “all this was done in connivance with the Delhi Government in an attempt to delay the poll.” He said they would urge Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to initiate action against those who had attacked SAD (Badal) leaders. He said they would also seek DSGMC elections under the watchful eyes of the Union Home Ministry.
Daljeet Singh Cheema, SAD (Badal) secretary, said Sarna and the Delhi Government were equally responsible for the clash in the gurdwara premises. He termed it as “direct interference by the Congress in the religious affairs of Sikhs”, which, he said, would not be tolerated.
Sikh scholar Ashok Singh Bagrian said there was a need to de-politicise gurdwara management. “Religion should not be used for attaining political power,” he said.
Dal Khalsa leader Kanwarpal Singh termed the incident as unfortunate. He alleged that the SAD (Badal) was desperate to take control of Delhi gurdwaras.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh termed the clash as unfortunate. He said the clergy would discuss the issue at its next meeting after receiving the details of the incident. On March 2 this year, the two Akali factions had clashed at Gurdwara Bala Sahib in New Delhi over “bhoomi pujan” for a hospital building on the gurdwara premises.
The SAD (Badal) leaders had no right to be present at the executive meeting. They have lost their balance and are conniving with DSGMC general secretary Gurmit Singh whose wife has been elected BJP councillor in New Delhi
— Paramjit Singh Sarna, DSGMC chief
The DSGMC general secretary had sent invitations to SAD (Badal) leaders for the meeting. But when they reached there,
they were attacked by DSGMC task force members without any provocation
— Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC chief
There is a need to de-politicise gurdwara management. Religion should not be used for attaining political power
— Sikh scholar Ashok Singh Bagrian
The incident is unfortunate.The SAD (Badal) is desperate to take control of Delhi gurdwaras
— Kanwarpal Singh Dal Khalsa president