April 26, 2016 7:59:14 am
Punjab Congress President Captain Amarinder Singh Monday termed the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) Act amendment, barring the Sehajdhari Sikhs from casting their votes in the SGPC elections, as most unfortunate and regressive.
“This will simply mean slamming your door on hundreds and thousands of Sikhs and dividing the community,” he said in a statement while reacting to the passage of the Act in the Parliament on Monday.
Amarinder equated this move by the Akalis with their demand for ‘Punjabi Suba’ which ended in fragmenting.
“Like for narrow sectarian and partisan interests, they slashed Punjab into pieces so that they could form the government of their own, which still they never could. They have now repeated the formula to retain their control over the SGPC by virtually throwing out a majority of the Sikhs and virtually dividing the community,” he said.
The PCC president maintained that the SGPC, which is running under the direct control of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, should better have spent its energy and resources on reforms and educating the youth of community than taking the easy way out.
He said every Sikh, who believes in the tenets of Sikhism, must have the right to vote in the SGPC elections. “It is an irony that the very democratic legislative procedure has been misused to disenfranchise a large section of the society from exercising their democratic right to vote”, he said.
He added that all religions in the world propagate their ideology to win over more followers and here Badal engineered a move that will virtually shut its doors on the millions of followers, who despite being Sikhs will not be recognised in the SGPC elections.
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