The Global Sikh Council (GSC), a confederation of national-level Sikh organisations, on Thursday attacked the proposed amendments to the Takhat Sri Hazur Abchal Nagar Sahib Board Nanded Act, 1956, by the Maharashtra authorities.
Calling upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene, it warned that such unilateral choices of the federal government, led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, constitutes a gross violation of Sikh gurdwara affairs and wouldn’t be tolerated by the Sikhs.
In a press release, GCC President Kanwaljit Kaur highlighted the “consistent disregard” proven by the ruling dispensation in Maharashtra in the direction of Sikh sentiments.
“The amendments to this Act have been made simply to seize control over the management of the fifth temporal seat of the Sikhs, ” she stated. “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 organisations on the board and increase the number of government-nominated members, a blatant power grab over Sikh places of worship, ” she stated.
Calling on Sikhs worldwide to oppose the relentless assault on Sikh establishments via democratic methods, she condemned the failure to interact in significant consultations with the Sikh leaders and its established establishments earlier than making amendments to the 67-year-old Nanded Act.