SGPC poll results to be declared today
New Delhi: The Gurdwara Election Commission will on Thursday announce the results of the election to the 170-member general house of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has been claiming a clean sweep in SGPC polls, which were held on Sunday in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) is considered as the mini-parliament of Sikh religious affairs.
Senior SAD leaders have claimed that their candidates won 157 out of the 170 seats.
Buoyed by the people’s response, Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also Punjab deputy chief minister, said the results had clearly shown that the electorate favoured the Akali Dal policies.
'We will continue this victory campaign in next year's Assembly Election also,' Badal said.
Akali Dal secretary and spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema said that SAD-Sant Samaj (a group of Sikh religious organisations) combine candidates have won their seats with comfortable margins.
He further said the massive mandate has taught a lesson to the Congress to refrain from meddling in the internal affairs of Sikhs.
The Akali Dal leader said the SGPC election was a clear indicator of the victory in store for the Akali Dal in the Assembly Elections scheduled in Punjab February-March next year.
Incidents of violence were reported from different parts of Punjab Sunday even as nearly 63 percent of the electorate turned out to cast their franchise.
The Akali Dal, which had 140 seats in the earlier SGPC general house, has romped home with greater majority this time.
The Congress officially did not contest the elections even though Akali Dal leaders say the party backed the opposition Panthic Morcha candidates.
In neighbouring Haryana, the Akali Dal candidates fared better this time with Haryana SGPC ad hoc president Jagdish Singh Jhinda losing his seat in Karnal.
Punjab Congress president and former chief minister Amarinder Singh lashed out at the Akali Dal saying the party had used brutal force and let loose a reign of terror in recent days to win the SGPC election.
He sought an apology from Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal for the violence during the elections.