Thursday, 4 June, 2009


Amritsar, Punjab: Hailing statement of former Jathedar Akal Takht, Bhai Ranjit Singh, former chairman, Gurdaspur Improvement Trust Neeraj Salhotra yesterday said such persons were needed to lead the Sikhs.
Salhotra said Bhai Ranjit Singh had vast knowledge of Sikh religion, but he was sidelined by the Badals for political aspirations. He said Parkash Singh Badal, who had elevated Ranjit Singh to the post of Akal Takht Jathedar had removed him from the post as he had refused to toe the line of the SAD chief.
The former Jathedar on Sunday eulogised Sonia Gandhi for giving second chance to Dr Manmohan Singh to serve as Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Narain Singh, Shiromani of the Sikh Council International criticised Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for sitting in a chair at Akal Takht in front of Guru Granth Sahib. He said as per Maryada only those persons were allowed to sit in a chair who were physically unfit. He said Akal Takht Jathedar should summon Badal and impose “Tankhah” (religious punishment) on him.

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