Akal Takht slams Manpreet Badal for visiting Dera
PTI - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 23:28
Amritsar: Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh on Wednesday slammed People's Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal for visiting Dera Sacha Sauda sect at Sirsa in Haryana, saying he had acted against the tenets of Sikh religion.
Gurbachan Singh said that since Badal had broken rules which should be adhered by "Amritdhari Sikh, he was no longer a true Sikh" and would not be summoned the Sikh temporal body but warned that he could face a boycott by the community.
"Akal Takht only summons baptized Sikhs and Badal was not baptized Sikh. A Gur Sikh (complete Sikh as per Sikh customs) or baptized Sikh who commits a blasphemous act or violates Sikh tenets can be summoned for hearing and be punished if found guilty," Singh said.
He said Akal Takht would ask the Sikh community all over the world to boycott Badal from all public and private events if he continues to visit Dera Sacha Sauda.
Various Sikh organisations had demanded that Badal, estranged nephew of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, should be summoned by Akal Takht for his visit to Dera.
The Dera chief Gurmit Ram Rahim was criticised after an advertisement on May 13, 2007 purportedly showed him distributing 'amrit' (nectar) in an attire similar to that of Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh.
Following the advertisement, violence broke out at several places in the country in which one person was killed and hundreds injured.
In 2007, Sikh clergy had directed the community to politically and socially boycott the Dera.
Ramoowalia Lok Bhalai Party join SAD
Date: November 23rd, 2011
BADOWAL(LUDHIANA)- The Shiromani Akali Dal got a major shot in arm today as in a historic move lakhs of party workers of Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) under the leadership of former Union Minister and party Chief Balwant Singh Ramoowalia announced its merger in SAD, here today in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Responding to the appeal made by the Chief Minister on Tuesday to join hands for the welfare of the state, Ramoowalia expressed faith in the pro-people and developmental policies of the SAD-BJP alliance government, while announcing the merger of his party in SAD during a mammoth gathering of the workers of the Lok Bhalai Party. Earlier addressing the gathering, the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that it was a golden and historic day for the state as LBP has decided to join hands with SAD, which would not only help in routing out the anti- Punjab and anti-development, Congress party from the state but would also ensure to the sustainability of the unparalleled development in Punjab. Terming the merger of LBP as home coming for Ramoowalia, the Chief Minister said that the former Union Minister has served the SAD, country and state while adoring the key positions in the Union government.