Golden Temple priest refuses to honour Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal

The senior SGPC officials, who were present on the spot, tried to coerce the priest but he refused to budge.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Chandigarh/ Guwahati/ New Delhi/ Nagpur/ Kolkata | Updated: July 1, 2016 1:18 pm
badal1 The senior SGPC officials, who were present on the spot, tried to coerce the priest but he refused to present the robe  of honour to CM Badal. (file photo)

IN AN embarrassment to Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, an ardasiya (prayer reciter) refused to give a siropa to the party patriarch inside the sanctum sanctorum of Golden Temple Friday.

Ardasiyas are similar to priests, and are employees of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

Ardasiya Balbir Singh said he refused the siropa to Badal due to “government inaction” in cases of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib last year. “There were a number of incidents in which Guru Granth Sahib was disrespected, but no action was taken by the government… On the same grounds, I had refused siropa to (Deputy CM) Sukhbir Badal on January 20,” Singh told The Indian Express.

WATCH VIDEO: Guru Granth Sahib Desecration Report Submitted After Hour-Long Drama


Share This Article
Related Article

SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar said: “Not offering him siropa is unfortunate. We will seek an explanation from the ardasiya and take action.”

Senior SAD leader Virsa Singh Valtoha suggested that the ardasiya did not offer the siropa for personal gain from anti-Badal sections of Punjabi diaspora.

“In the past, many received dollars by indulging in such acts. This is all a game of dollars,” said Valtoha.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. B
    Jun 3, 2016 at 6:24 pm
    This priest has balls!
    1. S
      Jun 3, 2016 at 3:48 pm
      Badal deserve Jutiyan da Haar wherever he go. He has done so much damaged to Sikhism. lt;br/gt;We are proud of priest who refused.
      1. H
        Jun 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm
        It is not a matter of balls but show off. The cowards sitting outside punjab give dollars for doing such dramas. Badal is corrupt like ither politicians, ardasya cannot be judge, jury and executioner.
        1. P
          Jun 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm
          the world most CRIMINAL /TERRORISTS/ COMMUNAL/ RACIST/ CASTE-DISCRIMINATED lt;br/gt;SHAMELESS/ KNUCKLE HEADED /HATRED lt;br/gt;LOW CL/ DALIT ORIGIN, changed their last name, added HIGH PRIESTS/ BRAHMINS/lt;br/gt;UPPER CASTE , living example Baba Ram Yadav, SC' origin from Harayanalt;br/gt;Anugrag Thakur BJP MP/ President BCCI s/o of fmr SC origin CM HP PREM KUMAR DHUMALlt;br/gt;Here in USA/ CAN/UK, these people added SOOD/KASHYAP/ BHARDWAJ/ VIRK/VIRDI/lt;br/gt;RAJA/ GILL,SANDHU, TOOR, RIAR, KUMAR, RANI, DEVI, KUNDRAA, BADAL,MUNDI/BANGA /lt;br/gt;SANGA, lt;br/gt;but their names differs /not matching as of their FEDERAL/ STATE photo ID'lt;br/gt;aged 60 males/females receiving federal /state low income benefits supplemantrylt;br/gt;Social Security Income, Section 8, low income apartment unit,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;SHAME SHAME SHAME cheating the tax payers
          1. R
            Roopkamal Saini
            Jun 4, 2016 at 5:57 am
            That Badal deserves this kind of treatment!!!
            1. Load More Comments