Punjab CM seeks instant convening of SGPC session
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 23:42
New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to impress upon him the immediate convening of the SGPC session to avoid any financial crisis in the 'Mini Parliament' of Sikhs in the absence of its office-bearers.

Badal told the PM that the maiden session of Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee is significant as election of office-bearers of the Sikh religious body needs to be done.

He cautioned that if the office bearers of SGPC were not elected by March 31, there would be financial chaos in the Sikh religious body.

The non-passing of the budget by the end of this month would adversely affect the working of many gurudwaras falling under its jurisdiction, which Badal said, would amount to hurting the religious sentiments of Sikhs.

Badal claimed Sikhs were enraged over the unnecessary meddling by the Congress in their religious affairs. He said it was unfortunate that the Union government had delayed the SGPC elections for more than two years, but was forced to hold the polls after SAD protested.

He also accused the Congress of trying to capture the SGPC by hobnobbing with forces opposed to Shiromani Akali Dal.

"But having failed in their ulterior motives, the Congress leadership is now delaying the election of office bearers of SGPC due to which the Sikh community is highly peeved," he told reporters after meeting the PM at his residence.

Badal also met Home Minister P Chidamabaram in this regard and later said both Prime Minister and Home Minister have assured him of looking into the matter.

The Punjab Chief Minister expressed hope that the issue would be soon resolved.


First Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 23:42

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