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Haryana: SGPC

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A move to give Haryana an SGPC raises ire

Poll Inclined?
Manoj Kumar
Poll Inclined?
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Pulling Out All Sops

  • Ahead of assembly polls, Haryana CM Bhupinder singh Hooda has announced the setting up of a separate SGPC for Haryana on November 1
  • The new body will control the 72 gurudwaras in the state which are now under the SGPC of Punjab
  • The Akali Dal opposes it strongly
  • Sikh leaders allege the SGPC (Punjab) was financially exploiting the gurudwaras in Haryana while doing little for the community

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To gain control over Sikh gurudwaras and similar institutions is a desire Congress CMs of both Punjab and Haryana have rarely been able to resist. The advantages being purely political, such moves have always generated opposition and accusations of undue interference in Sikh religious affairs. So when Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda announced that the state’s 15 lakh Sikhs will, on November 1, Haryana Day, get their own Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) to manage the 72-odd gurudwaras and Sikh institutions in the state, a political ruckus erupted in both states.

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