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Hardev Singh’s death: Punjab political parties play safe

With over 24 hours gone, Shiromani Akali Dal Badal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are yet to issue any condolence message.

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Baba Hardev Singh

Even though Prime Minister Narindera Modi didn’t take much time to express his grief on the untimely death of Nirankari head Hardev Singh in a car accident in Canada Friday, strangely, major political parties of Punjab, where the Nirankari sect exists, however have been avoiding issuing any statement over the unfortunate incident.

With over 24 hours gone, Shiromani Akali Dal Badal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are yet to issue any condolence message. Amidst this confusion, Dal Khalsa, the political body of former Sikh militants has criticised Captain Amarinder Singh, after he chose the social media to condole the death of the Nirankari head.


In a statement Dal Khalsa criticised Amarinder for calling the Nirankari head a spiritual leader. “If that is so, then the faith of Punjab Congress party president Captain Amarinder Singh in Guru Granth Sahib and Sikh philosophy is highly questionable,” it said.

Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said he was saddened to read the statement of the Punjab Congress chief.

“Statement of Captain was more than the expression of grief. He has gone to the extent of praising a person, who posed challenge to the Guruship of holy Granth Sahib. Lest it be forgotten, it was Captain’s Congress party that encouraged and patronised this heretical cult with an aim to undermine the basic fundamentals of Sikhism,” said Kanwar Pal, Dal Khalsa spokesperson.

“We pity that the majority of Sikhs of Amritsar have chosen Captain to represent their voice in the Lok Sabha. Sikhs preferred him over an RSS functionary (Arun Jaitley). The cat is out of bag and that Captain Stands exposed by his anti-Sikh and unprincipled utterance,” said Pal.

In contrast, Facebook and Twitter handles of the AAP and SAD have no mention of Baba Hardev Singh’s death.

Allegedly protesting against the defamatory statements of the Nirankari sect leaders, 13 Sikhs were killed in firing outside the venue of religious congregation of the sect held in Amritsar on 1978. Hence, many Sikh historians treat this day as start of militancy period in Punjab.

A diktat was also issued by Akal Takht in October 1978 warning Sikhs against having any relationship with followers of Nirankari sects.


Although Hardev never came in confrontation with Sikhs and religious congregation of the sect had been resumed in Punjab after return of normalcy, it is, however, apparent that the history of bitterness between Akal Takht and Nirankari sect is one of the main reason why both Shiromani Akali Dal and Aam Aadmi Party are keeping mum even after a tragic death.