Race on for new Sikh apex body chief - ECAS Punjab

Race on for new Sikh apex body chief

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Tribune News Service
Amritsar, November 23

The SGPC's command will be handed over to its new president for the next term on November 27 when the general house meeting of the Sikh body has been scheduled. Other office-bearers and the executive body will also be elected as per Gurdwara Act 1925.

SAD enjoys majority

With SAD enjoying a majority in the House, party president Sukhbir Singh Badal reserves all rights to take a final call. He has already started having "deliberation" sessions with SGPC members.

With SAD enjoying a majority in the House, party president Sukhbir Singh Badal reserves all rights to take a final call. He has already started having "deliberation" sessions with SGPC members. Gobind Singh Longowal, the incumbent president, has successfully completed his third term. He headed the SGPC in 2017, 2018 and again in 2019.

In the absence of any "suitable" face in the existing body, he might be told to continue for another term.

However, speculations are also rife about a change in the command of the Sikhs' body which has invited the ire of the global Sikh community due to the 328 missing 'saroops' of Guru Granth Sahib and misappropriation by its officials and staff members while indicating sheer lack of administrative control.

Though the SGPC had dismissed or suspended the erring officials, submitted public apology before

the Akal Takht and faced religious punishment, the resentment against

the SGPC never died.

Earlier too, the command was changed in 2016 after a crisis erupted due to the flip-flop exoneration of Dera Sirsa cult in 2015 when Kirpal Singh Badungar succeeded Avtar Singh Makkar. Nonetheless, SGPC's former chief Bibi Jagir Kaur and veteran SAD leader Tota Singh are in the race for the post.

Bibi Jagir Kaur (66) said that it would be the party's discretion to choose the candidate, but admitted the administrative lapse that led to disappearance of 'saroops' and leniency in handling it. "Whosoever occupies the coveted seat ought to be a vigilant and a strong administrator," she said.

Tota Singh (79), the old guard of the party, said, "I am not projecting myself to head the SGPC, but I would have no hesitation if the party considers my experience."

As per information, Sukhbir Badal will hold a customary meeting with the members on November 26 before opening the cards.

On the other hand, dissident Akali parties including SAD (Democratic), SAD (Taksali) and other Sikh organisations may try to incorporate their members in the 15-member executive body.



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