Hindustan Times – Will meet Centre to press for SGPC general elections: Taksalis

Sekhwan hailed Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh’s statement where he said that if the entire Sikh community stood by it, the takht could play the role it played during the 18th century.

HT Correspondent

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 28 October 2019. Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali), a splinter group of the SAD, said on Monday that its deputation would soon meet officials in the Union home ministry to press for holding of general elections of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex institution that manages the affairs of gurdwaras in the county.

“We have decided to meet the home ministry to urge it to conduct gurdwara elections, which is the constitutional right of the Sikhs. Not holding these is grave injustice to Sikhs. If all kinds of other elections are conducted, why not this one?

Ten years, which is equal to two tenures of the SGPC general House have passed, but why is the Union government not conducting elections?,” said SAD (T) president and former Khadoor Sahib MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura after presiding over a meeting of the party core meeting on Monday.

He added that the SGPC passed budget in crores of rupees, and claimed that not holding elections of the institution was discrimination with the Sikh community.

He added, “To strengthen the party among the masses, our district presidents have been told to hold gatherings in respective areas and constitute units on circle level. We are also holding a religious function in each district to celebrate the 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak.”

On the controversy over the stage at Sultanpur Lodhi, Brahmpura added, “Following the directions of the Akal Takht, we will attend the function being organized by the SGPC but as devotees.”

Former Punjab minister Sewa Singh Sekhwan hailed Akal Takht acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh’s statement where the jathedar had said that if the entire Sikh community stood by it, the takht could play the role it played during the 18th century.

“I urge the jathedar to play this role and my party stands with him,” Sekhwan added.

SAD (T) also congratulated Justin Trudeau for retaining the Prime Minister’s post in Canada and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh for holding a key position in Canadian parliament.

On the result of the recent bypolls in Punjab, Brahmpura said, “Both the ruling Congress and the SAD have faced a debacle in these elections as they lost their prestige seats, Dakha and Jalalabad, respectively. This is a sign that people have been left disappointed by both these parties.”

At the core committee meeting, former deputy speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder Singh; former MP Rattan Singh Ajnala; former MLAs Manmohan Singh Sathiala and Ujagar Singh Wadali were also present.

Do the Gurdwaras managed by the SGPC belong to the Modi sarkar or to the Badal parivar ?
Of course not, they belong to the Sarbat Khalsa, and not to jathedars, pardhans, nor to former or present ministers.
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The Tribune – Won’t visit deras for support, say Taksalis

Sekhwan denies rift within party

Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 04 April 2019. Akali Dal (Taksali) president and Khadoor Sahib MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and senior vice-president Ratan Singh Ajnala today said their party would never go to deras to seek support.

“The Captain Amarinder Singh government has failed to show any result on ground and so he and his party men are approaching deras to seek support. But we shall rather go to the public to seek their support,” party leader Sewa Singh Sekhwan said.

Criticising former CM Parkash Singh Badal for “not listening to him” on the party platform, Brahmpura said he had tried his best to make Badal aware of the sharp decline in the party graph, but he did not listen to him.

He alleged that instead of working for public welfare by implementing schemes, both Badals and the Congress believed in dera politics.

Brahmpura also clarified that there was no change in the three candidates already fielded by the party, Bir Devinder Singh (Anandpur Sahib), Rajdev Singh Khalsa (Sangrur) and General J J Singh (Khadoor Sahib).

Sekhwan meanwhile refuted the reports of his differences with the party. Addressing a press conference, he said, “There is no truth in rumors spread by some mischievous elements on social media about my differences with the senior leadership of the party.”


The Tribune – Former Army chief General J J Singh (retired) joins SAD (Taksali)

Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India. 06 February 2019. General J J Singh (retd) today joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali) in the presence of its president Ranjit Singh Brahmpura.

Lashing out at the SAD, General Singh said, “The Akali Dal had sabotaged my political innings from the very beginning by hobnobbing with the Congress.” He said he was disillusioned with some leaders of the SAD.

On the SAD (Taksali), he said its leaders promised to follow the 1920 constitution of the SGPC. Brahmpura said the party would soon decide the seat from where General Singh would be contesting the election.

He reiterated that he along with senior leaders Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Dr Rattan Singh would not contest the elections. He said the claim that the SAD (Taksali) was a triumvirate, comprising Sekhwan, Ajnala and Brahmpura, had flattened after the induction of senior leaders like former Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh and General J J Singh.

On the number of seats to be contested by the party, he said it would be decided by the alliance. He said the “grand alliance” would comprise the BSP, Bains brothers-led Lok Insaaf Party, Sukhpal Singh Khaira-led Punjabi Ekta Party, Dr Dharamvira Gandhi and SAD (Taksali). He added that AAP would not be part of the alliance.


Sikh24.com – Veteran Akali leaders endorse Justice Ranjit Singh’s report, Seek action against guilty culprits

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 22 October 2018. Sharpening their rebel voices against the party high command on October 21, the Majha based veteran Akali leaders Ranjit Singh Brahmpura and Sewa Singh Sekhwan have said that the investigation report of Justice Ranjit Singh Commission is absolutely correct and the Congress led Punjab government needs to take action against the guilty culprits at the earliest.

They added that there is a widespread anger among the Sikh community against the sacrilege culprits and the law & order in Punjab may get worsened if the Punjab government doesn’t take action against the guilty culprits.

Accusing the Congress led Punjab government delaying action against guilty culprits under the garb of investigation by SIT, they said that the situation in Punjab might turn uncontrollable if the Punjab government doesn’t act by time.

The duo veteran Akali leaders have claimed that they had raked up this issue before the party high command while being in power in 2015 but they were not given attention at that time.

“We are still a part of Shiromani Akali Dal but we are also duty-bound to raise this issue for being a Sikh” they added while expressing grievances over politicization of the apex Sikh party which was constituted to robust preachment of Sikhism globally.


The Tribune – Majha satraps bare fangs, but only just — ‘no quitting’

No individual bigger than Akali Dal, says Brahmpura

GS Paul – Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 30 September 2018. Amid speculation of a widening rift within the Shiromani Akali Dal a day after senior leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa quit party posts, three senior Akali leaders from Punjab’s Majha region met here on Sunday, but they stopped short of open revolt, while questioning “ill-conceived” party policies.

The three chose to call it an attempt to “diagnose” what was ailing the Akali Dal and to find a remedy.
Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, the Khadoor Sahib MP, ex-MLA Sewa Singh Sekhwan and former Beas MLA Manmohan Singh Sathiala met at the residence of Dr Rattan Singh Ajnala, a former MP.

They said the exoneration of the Sirsa dera head, the Bargari sacrilege and the Behbal Kalan firing had created a crisis-like situation.

Ruling out parting ways with the party, they admitted all was not well within the SAD. “No individual is bigger than the party. We have gathered here to find remedial measures to prevent any further damage to the party image”, stressed Brahmpura.

On Dhindsa’s resignation, he said, “We have devoted our lives to nurturing the party. He has quit owing to ill-health. But he will always be there for the party welfare”.

Sekhwan claimed that key Sikh institutions, Akal Takht, SGPC and SAD, had suffered a blow to their image because of certain “ill-conceived policies”.

He pointed out that the BJP-led government at the Centre had tried to weaken Punjab’s claim over Chandigarh with its recent notification placing the city’s administrative control entirely with the UT cadre.

“Such anti-Punjab steps will not be tolerated and we will not hesitate parting ways with the BJP, if it comes to that,” he declared.

How Badal sr stepped in to save the day

SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal, it is learnt, spoke with Ranjit Singh Brahmpura late Saturday night and managed to prevent a possible split. At least two more party veterans, one of them from Malwa, were invited to the Amritsar meeting by the sulking leaders, but they turned down the invitation.


Sikh24.com – SAD committed big mistake by facilitating pardon to Gurmeet Ram Rahim, says Brahmpura

Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 07 September 2018. Interacting with media today, the octogenarian stalwart Akali leader S. Ranjit Singh Brahmpura admitted that exonerating Gurmeet Ram Rahim was a big mistake of Shiromani Akali Dal which ultimately proved fatal for the party.

He said that the situation could be dealt with in a better way if the SAD leaders (Badals) would have consulted the senior leadership at that time.

Brahmpura further said that the martyrdom of two innocent Sikh youths at Behbal Klan created adverse circumstances for the Shiromani Akali Dal as the ruling parties are always accused for such blunders irrespective of the fact that whether they are guilty or innocent.

“But the Congress used these circumstances to corner SAD at political ground” he added.

On being questioned about SAD’s direct or indirect role in exonerating the Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim by Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Brahmpura said that the Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh should reveal the truth about it.

Suggesting the party’s leadership to collectively apologize at Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Brahmpura said that the SAD leaders shouldn’t hesitate in apologizing at Sri Akal Takht Sahib as the Congress leaders have also said it several times that they won’t have any objection to bow before Sri Akal Takht Sahib if summoned.

Brahmpura also said that the SAD had to come across such situations several times before, but this time the Sikh sentiments have been hurt. He expressed hope that his party would emerge from this situation also.