Apprehensive over attacks on the Sikh community, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) on Monday appealed the Centre to "immediately" take up the matter with the neighbouring country to ensure safety of the minority community.
The Supreme Court will on Thursday ordered the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) and Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committe (HSGPC) to maintain a status quo on the issue of management control of all 52 Sikh shrines in Haryana till its further orders.
The issue over management control of a gurdwara here took a violent turn on Wednesday when supporters of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) clashed with each other.
The Supreme Court Wednesday agreed to examine the constitutional validity of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara (Management) Act, 2014 under which a separate committee was formed to manage the affairs of the Gurdwaras in the state.
Senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on one side and the newly-created Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) Monday evening agreed to set up a panel to look into all aspects of control of Haryana gurdwaras to resolve the issue.
Alleging that Amritsar-based SGPC and SAD supporters are "occupying" Sikh shrines in the state, Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee leaders today said they will meet Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda tomorrow seeking control of the Gurudwaras and eviction of their Punjab counterparts.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday took strong exception to the move of Haryana government to allow setting up of a separate Sikh body to take over control of Gurudwaras in that state from Amritsar-based SGPC, and said it would not be tolerated.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre, the SGPC and HSGMC on a petition seeking quashing of an act that paved the way for formation of a separate Sikh body in Haryana to manage affairs of gurdwaras in the state.
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.
With both sides refusing to budge from their stated positions, the row over Haryana government`s decision to create a separate Sikh gurdwara management committee could turn into a major confrontation with the Akali Dal government in Punjab.
Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Amritsar-based supreme religious body of Sikhs, on Monday demanded the removal of Haryana Governor and state`s Chief Secretary in the wake of formation of separate HSGPC.
The Congress central leadership on Saturday came out in full support of Haryana in its face-off with the Centre on the creation of a separate SGPC, accusing the Narendra Modi government of encroaching on the autonomy of states.
The row over a separate SGPC in Congress-ruled Haryana on Friday grew into a full-blown battle between the state on one hand and Akali Dal-BJP ruled Punjab and the Centre on the other as Haryana refused to accept Union Home Ministry`s directive to have a Bill in this regard withdrawn.