Opinion

Punjab Politics

Would SAD break its alliance with BJP after Akal Takht edict against RSS-the mentor of BJP ?

October 27, 2017 09:44 AM

CHANDIGARH: The big trouble is brewing for Shiromani Akali Dal headed by Sukhbir Singh Badal after RSS sponsored funcion in Delhi to commenorate the 'Parkash Utsav' of tenth Sikh master Guru Gobind Singh ji on his martyrdom day. This is lack of knowledge about Sikh religion or planned conspiracy fo RSS adn SAD to create communal divide in Punjab is the subject of debate in Sikh cirlces.

The key guest on the function in Delhu Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was not able to pronounce Sikh 'Jaikara'(Slogan) of 'Waheguru Ji Ki  Khalsa and Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh' and isntead he reversed it 'Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh and Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa'. On being pointed our his mistake, he offered no regret rather justified it saying 'Ulta Seedha Sab Chalta Hai'. He meant to say it doesnt matter if it is reverse of straight.

Punjab BJP Chief Vijay Sampla while justifying celebrayion of Guru Gobind Singh Parkash Utsav said that Guru Gobind Singh was 'Hind Di Chadar' an adage used for ninth Guru Sri Guru Teg Bahadur ji. Both Sampla and Rajnath Singh have drawn flak from Sikh organisations.

However the key issue at this point is role of Badal family and their political outfit Shiromani Akali Dal(Badal) in the whole episode. It is reported that RSS and BJP had planned the function with the active involvement of Manjinder Singh Sirsa Delhi Sikh Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee  (DSGMC) General Secretary and close confident of Sukhbir Badal. The members of Badal family inclusing union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Sukhbir Badal and all office beareres of DSGMC were invitees at the RSS function. Manjinder Sirsa has also attended the preparatory meeting. Manjinder Sirsa though a leader of SAD but he is MLA of BJP in Delhi.

Owing to pressure from Sikh organisations, the Badal family withdrew from the function and used Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh as shield to remain aloof from the RSS function. A day before the function, Akal Takht Jathedar re-produced an edict issued in 2004 which banned a 'Gurbani Yatra' by RSS organisation Rashtriya Sikh Sangat. Otherwise SAD leaders had also allegedly booked their rooms in hotels to attend the function.

If we go by the Akal Takht edict on RSS which clearly say RSS is interfering in Sikh affairs was also in force in 2007 and 2012 when SAD formed an alliance with BJP and ruled Punjab for ten years. Was this not an opportunist alliance to grab power well knowing theat RSS and BJP are anti-Sikh forces. Even now when Akal Takht jathedar has once again pronounced the edict would it be moral for SAD to continue alliance with BJP which is political organ of RSS.

The issue of distortion of Sikh slogan by Rajnath Singh and misleading information spread by Sampla would also haunt SAD. Now question arises would Akal Takht issue any verdict against BJP leaders and a section of Sikh leaders present at the function ?

The Sikh organisations strongly feel that RSS was trying to infiltrate into Sikh ranks to weaken the Sikh community and grab the religious bodies through Rashtruya Sikh Sangat. In case SAD fails to counter the argument, it would also cast aspersions on credibility fo SAD(Badal).

Final thing, was RSS and BJP not aware that Guru Gobind Singh Parkash Utsav falls on November 4 and October 26 was actually his martyrdom day ? Would RSS and BJP apologise and if not what would be the stand of SAD?

Copyright © 2017, Punjab Newsline, All rights reserved. Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy
Download Mobile App