Three SGPC members, including two from the ruling SAD, announced their resignations on Thursday in protest of the police firing on Sikh activists that left two people dead. Of the three, thebiggest surprise was the resignation of Gurpal Singh Gora, the SGPC member from Gidderbaha constituency considered a close aide of the Badals.
Gora accused government of failing to stop the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib. SAD had gone all out to ensure his win in the 2010 elections. He was later supported by the then newly-founded People’s Party of Punjab (PPP).
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The other Shiromai Akali Dal (SAD) candidate to resign is Avtar Singh Valtoha, the SGPC member from Tarn Tarn. He accused his party of exploiting the Akal Takht authority to pardon Sera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim. He also blamed the Punjab government for the deaths of two Sikh men killed in police firing.
“I have to listen the voice of my conscience. It did not allow me to continue in the SGPC, which has completely failed to protect the dignity of Sikhs,” said Avtar Singh, considered close to Valtoha SAD MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha.
Independent candidate from Patti constituency Sukhwinder Singh also resigned on Thursday.
Co-operate with police: Makkar
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, meanwhile, urged Sikhs to co-operate with police. He also applauded the Punjab Police for “its efforts in tracing those responsible for the desecration”. Makkar said the SGPC would write to teh Centre to come up with a strict law to prevent such incidents.