Sikh organizations against postponing of Gurudwara election, warn agitation

Excelsior Correspondent

Avtar Singh Khalsa interacting with media persons at Jammu on Saturday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Avtar Singh Khalsa interacting with media persons at Jammu on Saturday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

JAMMU, Jan 11: Various Sikhs organizations today expressed their resentment against the postponing of the Gurudwara election in the State.
Addressing a press conference, Avtar Singh Khalsa, general secretary, J&K Sikh United Front (JKSUF) said that he was shocked to listen that the Gurudwara election scheduled to be held on 15 January has again been postponed which are already due since 2003.
He said that since 11 years has been passed of the due date it is the clear violation of the Gurudwara Endowment Act 1973 which says that after every five years the election of DGPCs and J&K Gurudwara Parbandhak Board be held.
He asserted that the Government has totally failed to implement and comply with the order of High Court of J&K besides questioned that how a non-Sikh can run the Gurudwara affairs as being practised.
He threatened to start agitation against the Government on being failed in resolving the Sikh issues, if the fresh date of the election will not be announced within days.
Heads of All India Sikh Student Federation, Sikh Naujwan Sabha, Gurmat Vichar Manch, Guru Gobind Singh, Study Circle and Sikh Welfare Society present during the conference also condemned the postponing of election.
Among others present were Suchet Singh, Mohinder Singh, Paramjit Singh, Kulwant Singh, Rajinder Singh, Dharminder Singh, Gurdev Singh and Manmohan Singh.