WaheGuru Ji Ka Khalsa, WaheGuru Ji Ke Fateh
Kashmir Singh LL.B, LL.M, C.Eng, Project Management NVQ; former member of statutory OFWAT water industry customer services committee for England and Wales, IEE Council
General Secretary, British Sikh Federation, PO Box 242, Wolverhampton, WV4 5DH, England, UK
Visit the BSF website at www.british-sikh-federation.org to see details of previous successful campaigns to safeguard Sikh Rights over many years, e.g. work as bus drivers and conductors wearing turbans (1969), wear turbans on construction sites (1989), overwhelming support in the European Parliament on an Urgency Resolution for a Sikh newspaper editor’s release from prison against the then UK Government (1996), defence for Sikh school children to wear Kirpan (1996), right for Sikh workers at UK airports to wear Kirpan (2002), opening British Embassy offices in Panjab and Gujarat (2003), Government commitment to set up Commission for Equalities and Human Rights (2004), EHRC Guidelines on the wearing of Sikh articles of faith (2010), etc.
Please note Guru Khalsa Panth is not victorious in this event as it is a victory for Hindutava who are the political masters of Badal Dal.
DSGMC Results: Badal Dal – 37; Sarnas – 8; KSGSS – 1. Sarna lost by highest margin
Published: January 30, 2013
New Delhi/Ludhiana, India/Punjab (January 30, 2013): As per reports after a gap of ten years, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has won control over Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC).
SAD (Badal), supported by Bhartiya Janta Party, has finally bagged 37 out of 46 seats while Congress-backed Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) claimed 8 seats against its current strength of 27 seats.
As per reports 1 seat went to Kendriya Sri Guru Singh Sabha (KSGSS), where as Dashmesh Seva Society failed to open its account in the election.
SAD (Delhi) chief Paramjit Singh Sarna lost by the highest margin of votes to SAD (Badal)’s Manjinder Singh from Punjabi Bagh.
“Sarna polled 4,552 votes whereas 9,006 votes went to Singh, the difference being 4,454 votes,” said GP Singh, Director of the directorate of Gurdwara Elections.
As per media reports Congress downplayed the result of the polls, claiming the outcome will not have any bearing on Delhi assembly polls. Sikhs have a sizable presence in Delhi.
“Congress has nothing to do with the result of the DSGMC. It is a religious body of Sikh community and our party was not directly involved in the contest. That is why the party even did not stop MLA Tarvinder Singh Marwah from contesting the polls,” Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s Parliamentary Secretary Mukesh Sharma said.
BJP described the result as a “personal defeat for Dikshit and Minister In-charge of Gurudwara Affairs Arvinder Singh Lovely.”
“The downfall of Congress had started in the municipal corporation polls in 2012. Now, with the defeat of the Congress-backed group in Gurudwara polls, the party must realise what’s in store for it in the assembly polls,” Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta said.
It is a know fact that SAD Delhi led by Sarnas support Congress Party that is generally considered responsible for perpetuating mass violence against the Sikh in November 1984. On the other hand Badal Dal has election and ideological alliance with Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) whose “hindutva” agenda is known to every one. Besides this BJP leadership has claimed that it was the BJP that pressed then Congress president and Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to order armed attack on various Sikh gurudwaras in June 1984.In this situation, it is clear that both the parties – SAD (Delhi) and SAD (Badal) have aligned up with two different parties who have almost similar approach towards Sikhs, Sikh identity and Sikh issues.