Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024


Chandigarh – The Global Sikh Council (GSC), a confederation of nationwide stage Sikh organisations worldwide, has vehemently denounced the proposed amendments to the Takhat Sri Hazur Abchal Nagar Sahib Board Nanded Act, 1956, by the BJP-led Maharashtra Government and warned that such unilateral selections of the state authorities, spearheaded by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, constitutes a gross violation of Sikh Gurdwara affairs and wouldn’t be tolerated by the Sikh Qaum.

In a resolute press assertion, Lady Singh, Dr. Kanwaljit Kaur, OBE, President of the GSC, highlighted the constant disregard proven by the BJP-led dispensation in Maharashtra in direction of Sikh sentiments. The amendments to this act have been made merely to grab management over the administration of the fifth temporal seat of the Sikhs within the Southern states, she mentioned.

“Previously, the BJP had undermined the democratic election process to appoint the president of the Nanded Sahib board and amended section 11 of the legislation to install board presidents of its own choosing. Now, the current BJP rulers seek to restrict the number of nominated members from Sikh organizations on the board and increase the number of government-nominated members—a blatant power grab over Sikh places of worship, ” mentioned Dr Kanwaljit Kaur.

Issuing a rallying voice to Sikhs worldwide to vehemently oppose the BJP’s relentless assault on Sikh establishments by democratic methods, Lady Singh condemned the saffron get together’s failure to have interaction in significant consultations with the Sikh leaders and its established establishments earlier than making amendments to the 67-year-old Nanded Act. The GSC in its letter has urgently appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to retract these unwarranted, unethical, unlawful, and unconstitutional amendments within the act at once.

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