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Bibi Jagir Kaur elected SGPC Committee president for 3rd time

Bibi Jagir Kaur elected SGPC Committee president for 3rd time

AMRITSAR: Senior SAD leader Bibi Jagir Kaur has been elected president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for the third time.

Jagir Kaur replaces Gobind Singh Longowal, who remained the SGPC chief for three years.

Earlier, the members, owing allegiance to the SAD, entrusted all rights to party president Sukhbir Singh Badal to take the call on electing the new head of the Sikh body, during a closed-door session at Teja Singh Samundri Hall here.

Amidst opposition by some members, who proposed the name of former SAD leader Mithu Singh Kahneke, the voting process was adopted.

The Former Punjab minister and Bholath MLA Jagir Kaur emerged winner with a convincing margin. She polled 122 votes out of the total 143.

She was earlier the president of the committee from 1999 to 2000.

In 2000, she resigned from her post following the controversy in which she was accused of killing her daughter. She was acquitted by Punjab and Haryana High Court in December 2018.

The rest of the office-bearers were elected unanimously.

Surjeet Singh Bhittewid was elected senior vice-president and Buta Singh junior vice-president. Bhagwant Singh Sialka was elected general secretary.

Kahneke, the SGPC member from Mansa, had resigned from the primary membership of the SAD due to differences with leadership in August.

Bibi Jagir Kaur proposed his name for the executive.

Other executive members are Navtej Singh, Baldev Singh Chung, Satwinder Singh Tohra, Bhupinder Singh Bhelwan, Amrik Singh, Sant Charanjit Singh, Darshan Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Malkiat Kaur and Ajmer Singh.

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