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Controversial SGPC polls: Sikh groups cry hoarse over voter form

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    SGPC polls: Sikh groups cry hoarse over voter form

    Makkar says form is ‘perfect’ and has been in use for years

    Ahead of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections, splintered Akali factions and Sikh bodies are slugging it out with the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal over the printing of the voters’ form. Various bodies have pointed out “discrepancies” in the form, especially complaining against the inclusion of column on the caste and definition of ‘Patit’ Sikhs. The SGPC, on the other hand, says the form is “perfect” and has been in use for years.

    The membership form has been released by the Sikh Gurdwara Election Commission to enlist voters for the SGPC elections.

    The first dissenting voice was of former SGPC secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta who termed the form “erroneous, incomplete and violative of basic Sikh religious tenets”. He said a ‘Sikh’, according to the Sikh religious code of conduct (Maryada), and Clauses 9 and 10 of Section 2 of the Sikh Gurdwara Act-1925, is one who faithfully believes in one immortal God, ten Gurus from Guru Nanak Dev to Guru Gobind Singh and owe allegiance to Guru Granth Sahib.

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