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Stall move to amend Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act: SAD

Terming the Delhi government’s move to amend Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act-1971 as undemocratic,contrary to the basic spirit of the Constitution,and a direct interference in the religious affairs of the Sikhs,the SAD on Thursday demanded that the move be immediately stalled.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 17, 2014 2:39:26 pm

Terming the Delhi government’s move to amend Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act-1971 as undemocratic,contrary to the basic spirit of the Constitution,and a direct interference in the religious affairs of the Sikhs,the SAD on Thursday demanded that the move be immediately stalled.

In a core committee meeting,which was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal,the party opined that the proposed amendment violated the letter and spirit of the Nehru-Tara Singh Pact reached between late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Master Tara Singh,which specifically stated that the Centre was committed not to take any steps in regard to the affairs of the Sikh community without consultation.

Party secretary Daljeet Singh Cheema said the core committee realised that the purported move of the Delhi government was aimed at further delaying the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections scheduled for January,2011,thereby,allowing the ruling office-bearers of the committee to enjoy an extended term.

“This attempt on part of government would lead to fresh suspicion,resentment and alienation in the minds of the Sikh community,” he said.

Seeking personal intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,the core committee asked him to take appropriate measures to stop the Delhi government from going ahead with the proposed move. The party also asked him to ensure that abiding by the Supreme Court ruling,the Delhi government conducts DSGMC elections before December 31.

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