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US sikhs showing keen interest in crucial SGPC elections | SNE

By  Times of India .
Nov 28, 2017

In this April 9, 2017 photo, Balbir Singh Pahwa, right, of the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh house of worship, shows respect for the holy scripture by waving a fan above Satinder Kaur, center, as she leads a prayer recital at the temple, in Hicksville, N.Y. The beards and turbans are symbols of equality in a religion that opposes India's caste system. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Prominent American Sikh groups and Gurdwara management bodies are showing keen interest in the president and office bearer elections of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) scheduled for November 29.
Majority of these sikhs want to get rid of Shiromani Akali Dal SAD(B)’s dominance at SGPC and are reportedly annoyed with the ‘envelop culture’ that ‘imposes’ the party’s choice of candidate on the SGPC members.

Going by the prevalent tradition, a sealed envelope containing the name of the party’s choice of candidate is handed over to the senior Akali leader before the beginning of the election process. The SGPC members, aligned with SAD(B), then enmass support for the candidate.

Secretary of the Guru Gobind Singh Foundation and founder of the National Sikh Campaign Rajwant Singh told TOI on Monday, “SGPC is critical for the survival of the sikhs in Punjab. All its resources have not been used for the betterment of the sikhs, especially those who belong to the poor and weaker sections. It is so critical that this institution is run efficiently by people who have a vision rather than by those who are a rubber stamp in the hands of corrupt politicians.”

Throwing weight behind the recently-constituted Sukhdev Singh Bhaur led Panthic Front, founder of the Visalia Gurdwara in Fresno area Amritpal Singh said, “We would appeal to all the SGPC members to really vote with their conscience. They must take a stand in supporting Panthic Front and not support SAD(B). He alleged that the Akalis did not do anything even after the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Bargadi.

Founder of the Dundalk Gurdwara in Baltimore, said, “We are now hopeful that there are some honest people ready to take a stand for Sri Guru Granth Sahib and stop the inefficient people from controlling Sikh institutions.”

“It is shameful how everything was manipulated in the case of pardoning of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim,” he said.

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