Khalsa Panchayat blasts SGPC on affidavit Rejects concept of Sehajdhari altogether, blames Akali-RSS ties WSN Network CHANDIGARH: Reacting to the SGPC's affidavit submitted before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat has said it vehemently rejects the conspiratorial attempt to undermine the identity of the Sikhs by submitting "a totally untenable affidavit regarding the definition of Sehajdhari Sikh". The Panchayat leadership, in a press conference in Chandigarh on Monday, said the affidavit "has opened the back-door entry for all non-sikhs to pose as Sehajdhari and enjoy the fruits of minority community in SGPC run institutes and all other places." It also pointed a needle towards those experts who have "chosen to remain silent after doing the damage." "Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat is convinced that this has been done by the Shiromani Akali Dal Badal led SGPC under the direct interference of the right-wing partners of the Badal led –the Bharatiya Janta Party and the sinister influence of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh," Panchayat leader Rajinder Singh said. He said it was a sad commentary that the defense lawyer of the SGPC in this case, who is leading the proceedings, himself does not happen to fulfill the prerequisites of the definition of a Sikh as per Rehat Maryada. "It is very difficult to assess fom the atitude of the defense lawyer whether he is speaking for or against the Sikh cause and community," he said. Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat said it will not allow this mischief to be taken to a conclusion as designed and desired by the SGPC. "We will take all possible legal and political steps to undo the damage that has been done by the affidavit. In consultation with our lawyers, we will soon join issue in the Punjab and Haryana High Court by filing an amicus curie petition," he said. He said the SGPC must "immediately withdraw the affidavit" and those members who formed the expert panel should resign from their primary membership for their incompetence and cowardly buckling under the pressure of the SGPC president. The Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat said it was convinced that "the solution to this muddle which keeps bothering the Sikhs, particularly at the time of the SGPC elections, is to annul the very concept of Sehajdhari. "This concept had some historical justification in the past, but is no longer relevant. The call of Sikhism is clear and unmistakable –you are either a Sikh or you are not. There is no middle path," Rajinder Singh said.