Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann raised concerns on Thursday about the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President, Harjinder Singh Dhami, maintaining silence regarding Lok Sabha MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal's statement equating the election symbol of the Akali Dal with the scales associated with the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal had remarked, "For us, this takkadi (election symbol of SAD) is no less important than the takkadi of Guru Nanak Sahib,” during a Maghi day address.
Expressing surprise at the lack of response from SGPC despite Harsimrat Badal's statements, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann stated that it indicates Dhami's allegiance to the Akali Dal and the Badal family. Mann criticized Dhami for turning a blind eye to the actions of his masters, causing distress to the Sikh community.
Mann emphasized that despite the insensitive nature of Harsimrat Badal’s statement made on Maghi day, Dhami's continued silence affirms that he is merely a puppet controlled by the Badals. Mann highlighted the inconsistency in Dhami's stance, noting that the SGPC chief fails to condemn the actions of the Badal family, which go against the fundamental principles of Sikhism.
The Chief Minister cautioned Dhami that the Sikh community will not overlook his policy of appeasement toward the Badals and will hold him accountable. Mann emphasized that the SGPC chief's silence over such critical matters will not be forgiven by the Sikh community, and they will ensure that he faces consequences for his actions.
(With Agency Inputs)