Decision after discussing all suggestions: Akal Takht

The Akal Takht refused to take a call on the Bluestar Memorial row on Wednesday,saying a decision will be taken only after taking into consideration all suggestions it had received.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | Updated: April 14, 2014 3:01:05 pm

The Akal Takht refused to take a call on the Bluestar Memorial row on Wednesday,saying a decision will be taken only after taking into consideration all suggestions it had received.

Calling it an “internal matter” of Sikhs and warning others not to meddle in Sikh affairs,Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh said after a meeting that till the time a decision is taken no one should make any statement over the issue. “We will discuss the matter with both parties (SGPC and Damdami Taksal) and other stakeholders and then take a decision,” Singh said.

The controversy had erupted after the memorial was unveiled recently and it turned out that it had been named after Sikh militant leader Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale. A wall clock carrying a photo of Bhindrawale was put inside the memorial and the golak (offering case) also had a Bhindrawale inscription.

Two boards on either side of the stairs leading to the memorial were found to have names of Bhindrawale and a few other Sikh militant leaders killed in Operation Bluestar.

Another board depicting the “army attack on Golden Temple” was also found installed nearby. The SGPC,which had entrusted Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal to execute the work on the memorial,had raised eyebrows with chief Avtar Singh Makkar invoking his media statements where he said SGPC had made it amply clear that the memorial would not be named after anyone nor will it have anyone’s photo.

On the other hand,radical Sikh organisation Dal Khalsa and later Damdami Taksal went public with SGPC resolutions where it itself had named the memorial after Bhindrawale.

Dal Khalsa,SGPC in war of words

Dal Khalsa,in a memorandum to Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh,on Wednesday blamed SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar for creating the Bluestar Memorial controversy through his “unnecessary,insensible and ridiculous statements”.

The memorandum asked why objection was being raised on naming the memorial after Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale when he was accorded the status of martyr by Akal Takht and SGPC in June 2003. Appreciating Damdami Taksal head Harnam Singh Khalsa,Dal Khalsa spokesman Kanwarpal Singh,said: “Baba Harnam Singh performed the job in the light of SGPC resolution number 1474 dated May 3,2012 that names the memorial after Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and other martyrs.”

When contacted,Makkar warned Kanwarpal to stay within limits. “He is issuing all ridiculous statements to be in news. While he himself cannot gather 10 people,he is pointing fingers at the head of SGPC,a representative body of Sikhs elected by lakhs,” Makkar said.

Asked about Kanwarpal’s claim about June 2003,Makkar said: “We know everything. Dal Khalsa should remain in its limits and I will give a befitting response soon.”

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