Delhi Gurdwara Act: SAD Protests Outside Sonia’s Residence
NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH: Accusing the Congress of trying to take control of Sikh religion and its temples, members of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today gathered outside the residence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi and protested over the proposed amendments to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Act of 1971. The protestors termed the Congress’ act as anti-democratic and interference into the internal religious affairs of the Sikhs.
The amendments will increase the tenure of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) house from the existing two years to four years and facilitate direct election to the post of DSGMC President, instead of being elected by the majority.
The SAD protesters gathered on the streets of New Delhi on Saturday, carrying black flags and placards and marched to Sonia Gandhi’s residence, raising slogans against the Congress.
Chief of the Delhi unit of SAD, Manjit Singh GK, said the Supreme Court has issued directions for Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee house before December 31 this year and by postponing the elections, the Congress is trying to murder the democratic system.
“It is direct interference into the religious affairs of the Sikhs by the Congress party akin to the way they it did in 1980’s. The Congress is trying to stall the democratic process ordered by the Apex Court,” Manjit Singh rued.
“The elections have already been delayed by two years. We do not want any interference into our religious matters. Let the democratic system prevail. The Congress is trying to murder the democratic system. We will not let that happen. We are here to wake Sonia Gandhi up and urge her not to follow the footsteps of Indira Gandhi, otherwise the results would be disastrous for her party,” added Manjit Singh.
The protesters gathered in huge numbers and shouted anti-government slogans and asked the party to stay out of their religious matters.