Congregations of Sikhs here and in Karnal against the formation of a separate Gurdwara Management Committee in Haryana were on Saturday called off after the Akal Takht`s intervention but Haryana Sikhs today went ahead with the election of office-bearers for the ad-hoc committee.
Despite opposition from Punjab`s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and Amritsar-based SGPC, the newly set-up ad hoc committee of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) Saturday elected state Sikh leader Jagdish Singh Jhinda as its first president.
Stepping into the row over creation of a separate Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the Akal Takht - the highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion - on Saturday asked the warring factions to call off the planned Sikh congregations in Amritsar and Karnal tomorrow.
Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia ordered by the Sikh high priests to do religious penance at the five temporal seats (Takhts) of the Sikh religion after he distorted a religious hymn during a political event.
Punjab Pardesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa has called on the Akal Takht to intervene in a drugs racket case, and also sought the resignation of state cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia on moral grounds.
Sikh groups Thursday observed the death anniversary of Beant Singh, one of the assassins of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on this day in 1984, and honoured his son at a function held at the Golden Temple complex here.