SGPC head not to attend World Sikh Convention
Ludhiana: Dubbing the World Sikh Convention
to be held in Delhi next month as a politically-motivated
exercise, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Sunday said he would
not attend the conference to be organised by the Delhi Sikh
Gurudwara Management Committee.
"The only aim of this politically-motivated conference
is to denigrate the importance of Akal Takht, the highest
temporal institution of the Sikhs," he told reporters here.
Makkar alleged the primary motive of the organisers was
to rake up a controversy regarding the status of the Akal
Takht "in one form or the other" and challenge its supremacy.
"No true Sikh can ever tolerate such a thing," he said.
The Amritsar-based SGPC, the apex religious body of the
Sikhs, has often accused DSGMC head P S Sarna of playing into
the hands of the Congress party.
In reply to a question, Makkar termed as "false and
baseless" all the allegations levelled against the SGPC with
regard to the misuse the Akal Takht.
He asserted the appointment of the Akal Takht head was
always made in accordance with "holy tenets" and procedure
laid down for it.