Punjab News Discrepancies in Voter Forms for SGPC Poll

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Akali factions to lodge protest with Home Ministry

Amritsar, June 23

Various Akali factions came together here today to lodge protest with the Home Ministry to remove discrepancies in the voter forms being distributed for the SGPC election.

The President, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DSGPC), Paramjit Singh Sarna, said a joint delegation of these Akali groups would submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in this regard.

He said certain terms in the forms were objectionable to the Sikh community and amounted to violation of the Sikh Rehat Maryada (code of conduct) and the Sikh Gurdwara Act. He mentioned that voter forms said that a person in the habit of smoking could not qualify to be issued right of voting whereas in Sikhism consumption of tobacco was prohibited altogether.

Sarna reiterated that various Akali factions would unitedly contest the elections against the SAD (Badal).

Various Akali parties, including the SAD (Longowal), SAD (Delhi), All-India Shiromani Akali Dal, Khalsa Action Committee (KAC), Dal Khalsa and SAD (Panch Pradhani), were present at the meeting held today. Their leaders, Jaswant Singh Maan, Baldev Singh Maan, Mohkam Singh and Kanwarpal Singh, discussed these discrepancies to find a suitable way to remove them.

Replying to a question, Sarna said “efforts would be made to bring SAD (Amritsar) and SAD (1920) on a common platform to vanquish the Badal family-run Akali Dal in the SGPC election”.

The Chairman, Shiromani Panthic Council, Manjit Singh Calcutta, said if their demand for removing discrepancies from voter forms was not met, then they would knock the doors of the court.
 
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