With the Centre appointing former Punjab and Haryana high court judge Justice S S Saron as the chief commissioner gurdwara elections, authorities have set the ball rolling for the Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections.
There are reports that Badals, who control SGPC, do not want immediate SGPC elections, but after they left NDA alliance, the central government has started the process.
Though Shiromani Akali Dali (SAD) leaders have welcomed the decision of the central government, they are well aware of forthcoming problems, they are likely to face.
Earlier SAD leaders led by Badals did not have both state and central government opposing them. The presence of SAD Democratic, a group of disgruntled SAD leaders led by rebel Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, will pose a big challenge to Badals because apart from tactic understanding with central BJP government, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh also has cordial relations with Dhindsa.
Both state and central governments are likely to support SAD Democratic leaders while Badals will face serious problems.
Apart from opposition from both governments, the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and disappearance of Saroops of Guru Granths and failure of SGPC in taking required action in both cases will definitely create problems for present members of SGPC in convincing residents for their votes.
The surge in the number of various Sikh organizations, which have been opposing SGPC for its various failures, will also cause embarrassment to SGPC president and his team because the repeated requests of members of these organizations have failed to move SGPC authorities for required action in propagating Sikhism.
Overall it’s challenging for present SGPC team, but whether Badals will succeed in getting their men elected or not, only time will tell.