Badal, Amarinder spar over separate SGPC for Haryana
Punjab Congress and ruling Akali Dal are embroiled in a bitter row over creation of a separate body for managing the affairs of Gurudwaras in Haryana, as former chief minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday accused SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal of not willing to ‘part with the huge resources’ that the gurdwaras generate in Haryana.
Amarinder said that Haryana is a separate state like Delhi, Bihar and Maharashtra which have their own bodies for managing the Gurdwaras.
‘When those states can have their own bodies to manage their gurdwaras why not Haryana?’ he asked, adding,’or simply because Badal does not want to part with the huge resources the Gurdwaras generate there.’
The Haryana government is mulling setting up a separate Sikh Gurudwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), possibly next month, to manage affairs of gurudwaras in the state.
A day after Badal attacked him for backing the Haryana government on the move, Amarinder slammed the chief minister for ‘trying to distort facts’. In a statement on Sunday, he said, ‘Badal is trying to distort facts as it is not Congress which wants a separate SGPC for Haryana, but the Sikhs of the state who have every right to manage the affairs of their religious places instead of being remote controlled by people like Badal.’