Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash
Singh Badal on Saturday decried the statement of his Haryana
counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda to hold a referendum on
carying out a separate Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak
Committee (SGPC) in Haryana and described it as `totally
illogical, unconstitutional and politically motivated`.
In a statement issued in Chandigarh, Badal said that issue of
holding referendum on the SGPC Haryana would divide the
countrymen, which could have adverse implications thereby
posing a serious threat to the national integration, peace and
He said Hooda`s move to hold referendum was not only
illegal but also unlawful as there was no provision of such
mechanisim in the constitutional framework.
He bemoaned such actions on the part of Hooda would
not help him any more politically in the coming assembly
elections but also tarnish congress party`s so called secular
The Chief Minister advised his Haryana counter part to
refrain from issuing such provocative statements, which could
vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the country.
He further asked Hooda not to rake up this issue any
more as his party leadership and the Prime Minister had
already advised him in this regard.