centre government must withdraw the notification
Punjab Chief Minister captain
Amarinder Singh has said that the
Central government must
withdraw the notification issued
in 2003 which prevents
Sehajdhari or non-baptised Sikhs
from participating in the elections
to the Shiromani Gurdwara
Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
"Everybody whose birth is here
has a right to vote," Amarinder
He said that the 1925 Act clearly
specifies that the Sehajdharis are
as much Sikhs as anyone else.
Amarinder's comment came after
Union Home Minister P.
Chidambaram asserted that the
Central government had not
withdrawn the notification as
claimed by senior advocate
Harbhagwan Singh in the High
Court of Punjab and Haryana.
"He appears to have made the
claim that he was representing
the Government of India and he
stated that the notification dated
8.10.2003 was being withdrawn
by the Government of India. On
his statement, the High Court is
reported to have passed certain
orders," Chidambaram had said.
The Home Minister also said that
the Centre wishes to make it clear
that there is no proposal to
rescind or withdraw the
"Government will bring the above
facts to the notice of the High
Court today," he had said.
Amarinder also said that he had
nothing to do with senior
advocate Harbhagwan Singh.