– Jathedar Nandgarh appeals Sikh masses to oust Badal affiliated candidates from DSGMC

Sikh24 Editors

Bathinda, Panjab, 15 February 2017. Former Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh has appealed the Delhi based Sikh masses to oust Badal affiliated candidates in DSGMC.

“All Sikhs should unite to defeat Badals in the elections as they have openly violated the Sikh tenets by attending worship meeting of Shivling,” Giani Nandgarh told Sikh24 on February 15.

Launching attack on DSGMC (Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee) residing General Secretary Manjinder Sirsa, Giani Nandgarh said that Sirsa didn’t utter even a single word against the occurrence of sacrilege incidents across Punjab while he was appointed as an OSD (Officer on Special Duty) of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal at that time.

Jathedar Nandgarh appealed the Delhi Sikh voters to vote for a candidate committed to Sikh faith.

Elections for DSGMC are scheduled to take place on February 26. With 4 parties contesting the elections, there are over 400 candidates who have filed for candidacy papers.

A picture of Sirsa had surfaced online two weeks ago on social media. While the picture dates October 2016, it came to the fore again as Manjinder Sirsa is contesting the elections for management of Delhi Gurdwaras. Sikhs have questioned how they can give control of their Gurdwaras to Sirsa who follows other faiths.

The Tribune – DSGMC Polls: State leaders ready for another battle

Ruchika M Khanna, Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, 15 February 2017. With elections to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) scheduled for February 28, the three main political parties, the Shiromani Akali Dal, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, will be putting their might behind different factions trying to take control of the Sikh body in Delhi.

The issues being raised by the three factions in fray supported by these parties as well as a fourth faction headed by former Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh and Hazoori Ragi of Harmandr Sahib Baldev Singh Wadala, are almost an echo of the issues raised in Punjab elections.

The desecration of holy books, the support sought from religious deras (against the tenets of Sikhism) and drug taint on certain leaders of the SAD are being played out against them by SAD (Delhi) led by Paramjit Singh Sarna and Panthic Sewa Dal led by AAP Kalkaji MLA Avtar Singh.

On the other hand, the SAD group led by Manjit Singh GK, who incidentally had looked down on the Dera support sought by his party for Punjab elections perhaps fearing its repercussions in Delhi gurdwara poll, is harping on the synchronised religious calendars being introduced by them for the DSGMC, construction of a 1984 Sikh carnage memorial and segregating Sikh religious affairs in Delhi from politics.

The SAD is putting its might behind the 46 candidates it has fielded for the election. All candidates fielded in different wards will be called tomorrow and asked as to who all from Punjab they want for canvassing in their wards.

Though the official line taken by AAP and the Congress is that they are not supporting any religious body, they maintain that their party leaders are free to support any of the candidates. However, it is believed that top Congress leaders will be putting their might behind the group led by former DSGMC president Sarna.

Sarna said though Capt Amarinder had campaigned for him in the last DSGMC election four years ago, “he is expecting that the leader might campaign for him even now, but in his personal capacity”.

Indian Express – Delhi Gurdwara committee polls: Voters’ photos unavailable, revised electoral rolls delayed

The government has now informed the bench that the draft electoral rolls are expected to be published by January 10, following which they will be checked and finalised.

Aneesha Mathur

New Delhi, 7 January 2017. The Directorate of Gurdwara Election told the Delhi High Court on Friday that the revised electoral rolls for elections to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), which were to be finalised by December 31, were delayed because the photographs of voters were not available.

In its submission before the bench of Justice Hima Kohli, the government said rules for preparing the electoral rolls had been changed in 2015, making it mandatory to have photographs of the voters. However, several voters did not submit their photographs on time.

The government has now informed the bench that the draft electoral rolls are expected to be published by January 10, following which they will be checked and finalised.

In September last year, the HC had directed the Delhi government and the chief secretary to ensure that the voter lists are completed by December 31, after a contempt of court plea had been filed by Paramjit Singh Sarna claiming that the government was “violating court orders by only revising the electoral rolls” instead of preparing fresh rolls as directed by the court.

The bench Friday declined to pass any orders and directed the government to expedite the revision. It will now hear the matter on January 12.

The Times of India – Sikh body takes a tough stand: No firecrackers this Gurpurab

New Delhi, 8 November 2016. The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has decided to send out a strong message on pollution fight: there will be no firecracker celebrations this Gurpurab. The DSGMC has appealed to Sikhs in and around Delhi not to burst crackers on 14 November. The Gurpurab marks the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Reaching out to people, the DSGMC distributed pollution masks for free at Bangla Sahib near Connaught Place and Sisganj in Chandni Chowk on Monday.

DSGMC president Manjeet Singh GK told TOI: “We have decided not to burn any firecrackers this year on Gurpurab, which for Sikhs is akin to Diwali. The decision will be conveyed to all 700 Singh Sabhas who will, in turn, spread the message to gurdwaras in Delhi.”

Singh said the idea was to spread awareness about the need to celebrate festivals in an environment-friendly way. While DSGMC has no power to impose any kind of ban, Singh hoped that the Sikh community would refrain from bursting crackers.