Akal Takht Jathedar’s order is seen as a setback for DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa who was in a supposed race with his rival in Delhi Sikh politics and former DSGMC president Paramjit Singh Sarna for marching towards Nankana Sahib in Pakistan with a religious procession.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ridiculed the party for indulging in "political theatrics" in the name of religion with their "farcical" display of regret over the "misdeeds" committed during their 10-years of misrule.
"I came to know about it only when Sukhbir Singh Badal called me to his residence in Chandigarh and informed about the plans on the morning of September 24, 2015. I warned him again any such move. I advised him to first consult all Sikh bodies and take them into confidence," said Avtar Singh Makkar.
Gurmukh Singh had also criticised SAD soon after the party accepted Dera Sacha Sauda’s political support in the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections. Soon after, he was transferred to Haryana. No reasons were given.