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India Takht Patna Sahib Board election: Outgoing president Romana 'cancels' election meeting

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    Takht Patna Sahib Board election: Outgoing president Romana 'cancels' election meeting

    IP Singh, TNN | Jul 15, 2012, 05.02PM IST


    JALANDHAR: A fresh controversy has surrounded the scheduled election of Takht Patna Sahib Management Board on Sunday evening as president of the outgoing Board, Mohinder Singh Romana, a Punjab based Shiromani Akali Dal leader, has "cancelled" the election meeting called by Senior vice president of the Board.

    Romana has issued a communication claiming that the election meeting called by the Sr VP was illegal as he was not consulted for the meeting as only the president was authorized to call the meeting. "The meeting is illegal and if any election would be held then it would be null and void," Roamana told TOI over phone.

    He said that he had not authorized Sr VP Mohinder Singh Chhabra to call the meeting. However his claims are not expected to be taken seriously by the members of the Board who don't owe allegiance to Badals led SAD.

    It is learnt that the election was cancelled after it became clear that SAD nominee would not be in a position to win the election as out of total 15 members, SAD could have only five members with it despite all the maneuverings.

    Interestingly while Roama "cancelled' the meeting while sitting at his home in Faridkot, Punjab, by sending a telegram to Management Board office in Patna sahib SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar and all members of the new Board have already reached Patna Sahib. Makkar told TOI from Patna Sahib that after this communication by Romana he would not attend the election meeting. He said that Roaman had informed the Board office through a telegram on Saturday.

    While Sr VP Chhabra could not be available for comments Makkar told TOI over phone from Patna sahib that they would not bee attending the meeting as President had "cancelled" it. He argued that only president was authorized to call the meeting or it should have been called after consulting him, he said.

    However DSGMC President Parmjit Singh Sarna, who is lobbying to defeat SAD in this election, said that Roamana could not cancel the meeting as the meeting was called when he was abroad and Sr VP was functioning as President.

    source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...els-election-meeting/articleshow/14953993.cms
     
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    Kissah KURSEE ka...how difficult to leave the KURSEE. This same Romanna was declared Excommunicated by the Patna Jathedar..and then issue buried under the Badal carpet...:happysingh::singhbhangra:
     
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    Latest news >" Sarna group had captured all the executive seats in the uncontested elections held yesterday at Patna. Mr R S Gandhi is the new President of the board for next five years.
     
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    Takht Patna Board election held amid SAD members' walkout

    I P Singh | Jul 16, 2012, 05.59AM IST


    JALANDHAR:
    Two respected names in academic circles of Bihar were elected as president and general secretary of Takht Patna Sahib Management Board on Sunday evening. Mohinder Singh Chhabra was elected as secretary.

    Five members owing allegiance to Shiromani Akali Dal stayed away from the meeting of 15-member board.

    R S Gandhi, former professor of chemistry at the Patna University and currently chief coordinator of Nalanda Open University, Patna, was elected president, while Charanjit Singh, who retired at a senior post in Reserve Bank of India and is currently executive director of SEBI, was elected general secretary. Both are residents of Patna.

    All the office-bearers were elected unanimously after a walkout by four members of SAD. Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar, stayed away from the meeting even though he was present in Patna.

    The election meeting was held despite attempts by SAD leaders to scuttle it. Outgoing board president Mohinder Singh Romana, of SAD(B), had sent a telegram to the office of Takht board on Saturday for "cancelling" the meeting and claimed that it was called by senior vice-president Mohinder Singh Chhabra in violation of the byelaws of the Act governing the Takht Patna Sahib Board. "I was not consulted for the meeting as mandated by the rules," he told TOI on Sunday.

    When asked about Romana's communique, Chhabra, who called the meeting, said it had been done by giving an advance notice of 21 days -- as provided by the byelaws of election. Romana was abroad and he had given in writing that in his absence senior vice-president would function as president, he added. "Romana never objected to the meeting when it was called but after it became clear that SAD failed to muster strength to retain control of the management board, he sent the communique on Saturday," he said over phone from Patna Sahib.

    Inquiries revealed that the Badals had even dispatched party general secretary Prem Singh Chandumajra for managing the election to retain the control of board management, or at least to have a share in its affairs. It is learnt that Chandumajra spoke to Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Paramjit Singh Sarna, but it didn't help matters.

    SAD leaders' efforts to get at least another member on their side failed after the chief Khalsa Diwan's endeavour to replace its earlier nominee Jaspal Singh with Bhupinder Singh anand failed. The district judge, Patna, refused to entertain any such change since Jaspal Singh had earlier attended the meeting of the new board on June 17, which was held for the election of 15th member (14 were already there). Senior BJP leader S S Ahluwalia had lost this election to Harvinder Singh Sarna, former DSGMC member.

    source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...-SAD-members-walkout/articleshow/14976573.cms
     
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    Now, since some non-political Sikh scholors and persons of repute have been entrsted for the management of the Shrine Board, lets hope for some positive steps at Patna Sahib's management. Guru Sahib kirpa karan........
     
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