SGPC row: Akal Takht cautions Haryana against Congress move
Amritsar: The highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion, the Akal Takht, Monday opposed the move by the Haryana government to allow a separate committee to manage gurdwaras in the state.
Akal Takht jathedar Gurbachan Singh said the move to allow a separate committee for Haryana was a "conspiracy" by the Congress government in Haryana led by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
The chief minister had Sunday announced the setting up of a separate Sikh committee for Haryana`s gurdwaras.
He had said the necessary legislation for this would be brought in the monsoon session of the Haryana assembly starting July 11.
Cautioning Sikhs in Haryana against the move for a separate committee in the state, the Akal Takht chief urged Sikhs in Haryana to rise against the move.
With the latest move by the Haryana government, the Amritsar-based SGPC, which controls gurdwaras in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, will lose control over 72 gurdwaras in Haryana.
The SGPC has called the move illegal and unconstitutional.
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