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Makkar ‘hopes’ to hold SGPC house meet before March 31

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Wednesday said that he was hopeful that the General House meeting of the newly-constituted SGPC will be held before March 31.

Written by Express News Service | Amritsar | Published: March 22, 2012 2:44 am

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar on Wednesday said that he was hopeful that the General House meeting of the newly-constituted SGPC will be held before March 31.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Makkar had on Tuesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambram urging them to issue a notification for the meeting.

SGPC is in catch-22 situation with the its house finding itself in legal tangles after the Punjab and Haryana High Court judgement in Sehajdhari Sikhs case (where voting rights of Sehajdhari Sikhs were restored) was delivered and union government not issuing the notification for election of office bearers of SGPC. Only after the election of the office bearers,can the SGPC pass its annual budget.

“There is no legal aspect relating to the Sehajdhari Sikhs issue but only a technical glitch comes in the way of functioning in a new SGPC house. We have explained that to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. We have also filed an appeal on the issue to the Supreme Court,where it would come up for hearing on Thursday,” Makkar said here today.

“The Supreme Court has already given its approval to the new SGPC house,” Makkar said.

Meanwhile,speaking on the hanging order of Rajoana,Makkar alleged that Congress always “adopted double standards” when it came to dealing with Sikhs. He said that “on one side government commutes the death sentence of Kishori Lal,the killer of number of Sikhs in 1984 anti-Sikh riots and that only life imprisonment was given to Dara,who burnt Christians alive.”

“The death sentence to Rajoana is a conspiracy to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the state,” Makkar said.

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