Delhi BJP vice-president resigns
NEW DELHI: The vice-president of Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi unit, Sardar Kulwant Singh Baath, has resigned over an issue involving his absence from a recent event attended by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat.
In his resignation letter on October 25, Baath said that he was stepping down as the Delhi BJP vice-president as he could not contribute to the party's events and programmes in the past few days.
The Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, an affiliate of the RSS, celebrated Guru Gobind Singh's 350th birth anniversary here on Wednesday. The event was participated by Bhagwat and several central ministers.
Baath told reporters that he was tied to a 'hukamnama (edict)' of the Akal Takht in 2004, which asked Sikhs to boycott events organised by the Rashtriya Sikh Sangat.
"Unless the issue is resolved, it will be a tricky situation for me," he said.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said no decision has been taken yet on Baath's resignation. "His resignation letter has been received but a decision on it is yet to be taken," he said.
Baath joined the BJP around nine months ago and was appointed as a vice-president.
Sources in Delhi BJP said that Baath was close to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) even after joining the BJP.
Baath said that he resigned on "personal ground" and had nothing against the BJP or its leaders, adding that he had no plans to join the SAD.