SGPC acting as tool in hands of SAD: Cong
Demanding a judicial probe into incidents in Punjab in the past few days, the state Congress attacked the SGPC for levelling allegations against Sonia Gandhi and blamed the SGPC and the ruling SAD for the present crisis in the state.
President of the Punjab pradesh Congress committee Shamsher Singh Dullo and leader of the opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal in a joint statement today condemned the SGPC, saying it was acting “as a tool in the hands of the Badal-led Shiromani Akali Dal”. They reminded the SGPC that it was Sonia Gandhi who ensured that Manmohan Singh became the first Sikh to become the Prime Minister and Gen J.J. Singh the first Sikh to be made chief of the Indian army.
The Congress leaders alleged that the SAD and the SGPC were responsible for the present crisis. The SGPC had been lax in the propagation of religious teachings and the common man was leaning towards deras for his spiritual needs. Often gurdwara managements took more interest in the “golak” (donation box) than the propagation of the tenets of the Sikh religion. This was one of the major reasons for the shift towards deras.
The SGPC, politicking in the garb of religion, could endanger peace and communal harmony in the state. The Congress leaders said the people of Punjab knew well who was responsible for creating terror among peace-loving common people by wielding unsheathed swords in the Harmandar Sahib complex and in the streets of Amritsar and other cities despite the imposition of orders under Section 144, CrPC, in the state.
The “criminal silence” of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the SGPC was a clear indicator of the “real culprit” for gaining political mileage.
The Congess leaders said no one from the Badal family or Badal himself could equal the Nehru-Gandhi family in terms of sacrifices . Badal should remember that he could become the Chief Minister only because of the sacrifices of Congress workers for the restoration of peace in the state. When Punjab was going through the phase of terrorism, the SAD fled from the election field for fear of terrorists.