Monday, September 4, 2017

Sarnas get control of Takht Patna Sahib Managing Committee

JALANDHAR: Former president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) Harvinder Singh Sarna of Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) was elected as president, Takht Patna Sahib Management Committee, without any opposition from arch rivals Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal). The SAD (Badal), apparently pre-empting its defeat, had decided not to field any candidate.

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As the outgoing president Avtar Singh Makkar chose to stay away from the election meeting, Harvinder Singh Sarna took over the seat. Shalinder Singh Tata Nagar was elected senior vice president and Kamaljit Kaur was chosen as the junior vice president. Charanjit Singh and Mohinder Singh Chhabra were elected general secretary and joint secretary respectively. The office bearers are elected for a term of two-and-a-half years.

Meanwhile, Makkar remains the member of the committee as the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) nominee. According to sources, rumblings against Makkar were on within the managing committee when the grand celebrations were held to mark 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. However, the members avoided creating any major controversy during the celebrations to avoid embarrassment, said sources.

SAD (Delhi) president Paramjit Singh Sarna alleged that though the SAD (Badal) had made attempts to derail and delay the election, the latter could not hold ground as majority of the members of the managing committee had turned against Makkar. Sarna said they would improve working of the committee and it would be a team work.

with thanks : TOI : LINK

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