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Controversial SGPC Election :SAD (Delhi) To Contest SGPC Poll

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Controversial SGPC Election :SAD (Delhi) To Contest SGPC Poll

Nov 14, 2008
SAD (Delhi) to contest SGPC poll

Sarna announces office-bearers
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, March 8
Making inroads into the citadel of Parkash Singh Badal to capture the upcoming SGPC elections, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGPC) today announced office-bearers of the SAD (Delhi), a parallel outfit that will contest the poll.

After taking control of the gurdwaras in Delhi, the DSGMC supremo, Paramjit Singh Sarna, who had announced recently the SAD (Delhi) outfit, announced the office- bearers of the body and stated that they would virtually take over the SGPC and those close to Badal would be forced to take a back seat. He announced that he would take the support of SAD (Barnala) and SAD (1920).

Sarna had named Jaswinder Singh Baliewal as the president of SAD(D) recently and today named a dozen office-bearers, including three vice-presidents and three general secretaries. He named Sadhu Singh Chambal, Purshottam Singh Phaguwal, Gurbhej Singh Fazilka as vice-presidents and Satwant Singh Talwandi, Balwant Singh and Gurpreet Singh as general secretaries of the body.

Gurdeep Singh Gosha, who recently quit Sikh Students Federation (Mehta), a body stated to be close to Badal, was named the state president of the youth wing of the SAD (D) and Gurmeet Singh Mundian as the all- India president.

Sarna said they would contest the SGPC poll for all seats and show the Badals what the Sikhs in Punjab wanted. Taking a dig at Badal, Sarna said he should be held responsible for the ‘blacklisting’ of Sikhs that was continuing for the past many years. Had he wanted, many names would have been deleted from the list by now. But the state never showed the interest, he said.

He said to take up Sikh issues in a major way, the DSGMC would organise a World Sikh Sammelan in Gurdwara Rakaab Ganj in New Delhi on April 11.

Sikh scholars from the world over would participate and deliberate on the current Sikh issues, he said.

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