Updated: January 1, 2022 10:40:28 am
The politically influential Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee for the first time got a BJP leader as its president as Manjinder Singh Sirsa Friday withdrew his resignation, 29 days after he quit the top post before switching over to the saffron party from the Shiromani Akali Dal.
Sirsa withdrew his resignation from the top post, which he previously held as an Akali Dal MLA, citing “technical and legal issues”. The Akali Dal termed the move as illegal but gave the BJP a clean chit.
“This is to clarify that despite tendering my resignation, I have been managing the work at the DSGMC as working president. My resignation hasn’t been accepted due to technical & legal issues,” Sirsa said after withdrawing his resignation.
Earlier, issuing a press statement in his capacity as DSGMC president, Sirsa said,”In the view of the present situation of DSGMC, collapse of the administrative system, non-payment of salaries to staff of
Guru Harkrishan Public Schools for the last two months, non-payment of salary, Gurpurab salary (bonus) to DSGMC staff and scholarship for staff children, and considering the onset of
third wave of Corona pandemic in which it is important to gear up the Bala Sahib Hospital, it becomes important to tackle the situation.”
“Due to technical and legal issues that arose after the resignation of the undersigned and inability to call the general house of DSGMC for the acceptance of the resignation as per the law in the present scenario, the undersigned has decided to withdraw his resignation with immediate effect for the smooth functioning of DSGMC,” Sirsa said.
He said he will continue to discharge duties as president of the DSGMC till the formation of new management committee.
“However, I will not be involved in DSGMC activities once the new committee is set up,” he later said.
DSGMC member from Akali Dal Harmeet Singh Kalka questioned Sirsa’s move.
“Sirsa has submitted an affidavit in the court about his resignation. How can he take the resignation back? It is illegal. I don’t think BJP is behind this move. It is Sirsa’s greed for power. He is misusing government machinery to threaten DSGMC members. I have called the meeting of DSGMC members to decide next course of action”.
In a statement signed by senior Akali leaders Balwinder Singh Bhundur, Prof Prem Singh Chandumajra and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema, the party said “it is clear that the latest move of Mr Manjinder Singh Sirsa to withdraw his resignation as President of the DSGMC has been done at the behest of the BJP and that the party is behind this naked attempt to take over control of the religious body”.
Terming Sirsa’s move to become president of the DSGMC after he put in his papers and joined the BJP as “immoral”, the senior SAD leaders said “the Sikh panth will not tolerate this at any cost”. The leaders said the move was also “illegal and unconstitutional”.
The party further stated, “Sirsa had resigned from the old committee which will itself cease once the new committee is formed. The constitution of the new committee, to which elections were held a few months back, is already delayed. Now instead of forming the new committee, Sirsa is being thrust on the DSGMC with the tacit support of the BJP”.
The party further said that “such unscrupulous tactics would not help the BJP in any manner whatsoever. “In fact the move will alienate the Sikh community from the party. The BJP must immediately stop all efforts to take over the management of the DSGMC through proxies like Sirsa”.
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