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For the First Time, Congressmen Shall Contest in SGPC elections

Ever since that historic debate on sacrilege cases of holy scriptures in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, bad times of Shiromani Akali Dal started. People started  to target them on all the levels politically and religiously, this is where the whole backbone of SAD lies. Allegedly, as the Badal led party has been luring in Sikh votes by glorifying their agenda with some help of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Even, the official spokesperson of SAD, Daljit Singh Cheema also openly in media has accepted that SGPC chiefs are decided by the Badals and the same pattern must be followed in coming days too. Most recently in Vidhan Sabha, taking up the question of functioning of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the ruling party of Punjab Congress and opposition party Aam Adami Party, both cornered SAD on super late SGPC elections. Although, SAD walked out from the house labeling the resolution passed for SGPC elections a conspiracy, but it looks like that SGPC elections are not far now. Interestingly, this time some of the Congressmen shall be contesting in the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee elections too for the first time in the history. Harminder Singh, an MLA of Congress from Patti,  has expressed his interest in these elections, he said that at present, SGPC President Gobind Singh Longowal has also been associated with politics and has also been a legislator. Singh has also argued that while leaders such as Sucha Singh Langah and Dayal Singh Kolianwali have also been part of the Shiromani Committee. At the same time, he demanded immediate expeditious for the committee of gurdwaras of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh including Punjab. Meanwhile, Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that SGPC has failed to fulfill the expectations of Sikh community and it has weakened many Sikh institutions. In response to this, Akali MLA Gurpartap Singh Wadala said that SGPC elections are not a bigger deal, before that, the elections were arranged with the gap of 19-year gap. (Afew)

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