General Secretary Shiromani Akali Dal and Irrigation Minister Punjab, Mr. Sharanjit Dhillon has squarely blamed the Haryana government for creating a separate state level Gurdwara management committee. In a statement issued here today, Mr. Dhillon said that this unconstitutional and unethical move on the part of Hooda government was politically motivated aimed at piding the Sikh sangat. He termed it as a great betrayal with the Sikh Panth. Sikhs would not tolerate the mischievous action of the Haryana government who got the bill passed under “Money Bill” category.Reacting strongly to the action of Haryana government in passing the bill of separate SGPC in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Mr. Dhillon said that the shoddy manner in which the state government acted spoke volumes of the hidden agenda of the Hooda government who was acting at the behest of Sonia Gandhi. They have deliberately got the bill passed in Money Bill category so that it could not be sent to the President for his approval. He also said that as per the constitution any Religious Bill comes under Civil Bill and this bill being a part of the concurrent list requires the approval of the President of India.
He expressed shock that the Haryana government had declared the Sikh Gurdwaras as government property under the companies Act. The sacred offerings of the the Sikh devotees before Sri guru Granth Sahib will now become government's revenue. It is not the Panthic representatives but hand-picked Masands of the Haryana Government who are being asked to manage the sacred Sikh shrines. These Masands will now become employees of the Haryana government and will get their salaries from the state treasury, said Mr. Dhillon.
Adding further, he said that this was the fourth attempt of Mr. Hooda to pide the Sikhs on religious issues. He said that this back stabbing of the Chief Minister would be a direct interference in the religious matters of the Sikh Panth. The entire Sikh sangat should be indebted to S. Parkash Singh Badal who has dedicated his entire life to safeguard the interests of Punjab in general and Sikh community in particular. Now it was our duty to carry forward this legacy in the larger interest of the Sikh sangat. Hooda like people who were in the grip of power would not be allowed to torn the hard earned Sikh image in the world, said Mr. Dhillon.