Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, October 9. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today condemned the Delhi Government’s decision to amend the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act, 1971, increasing the tenure of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) House from the existing two to four years and proposing direct election to the post of its president.
In a statement here, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the decision was an anti-democratic exercise to scuttle the elections that were to be held before December 31 this year as per a court directive. The SAD also termed the decision as direct interference by the Congress in the religious affairs of the Sikhs.
The SAD president said the decision indicated that DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna, fearing that his group would be wiped out in the elections, wanted to remain on the post by tweaking the law.
Sukhbir said as DSGMC elections were being postponed by the Union Home Ministry on one plea or other, the Delhi High Court had to intervene and order the Home Ministry to hold these by December 31 this year.
Now the Shiela Dikshit government had come to the rescue of the Sarna group to keep it in power “illegally,” he claimed. The SAD president said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, SAD MPs and its NDA partners would soon call on the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister urging them to stop this “mischief” and hold the DSGMC elections before December 31 as per the court order. He said the SAD would also organise a ‘dharna’ in New Delhi to expose the dubious role of the Congress in the “anti-Sikh” campaign.
Sukhbir claimed that the Congress was playing vote bank politics by opposing the “ Peace Memorial” and raising the bogey of militancy to create a phobia among the Hindu voters.
A party press note stated that Badal would discuss the issue at the party’s core group meeting and consult legal experts to chalk out the next course of action.