Akali Dal to deliberate at Shimla Chintan Baithak

Shimla: Not disheartened by the outcome of BJP’s Chintan Baithak discord here, Shiromani Akali Dal leader are to hold a three day brainstorming session, starting Thursday , where demands for separate Shri Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee’s (SGPC) for Haryana and election strategy for the upcoming assembly election there is likely to figure.

Parmirder Singh, vice-president SAD Himachal, disclosed that Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal , SAD MLA’s and party district presidents are expected to take part in the Akali Dal’s meet, ironically name as ‘Chintan Baithak’.

The party has picked out a 31 member party Chintan Baithak committee that other than deliberating upon the losses in the Lok Sabha elections would also deliberate on the contentious demand for setting up an independent SGPC for Haryana.

Delegates for the meet are expected to start arriving today, with some expected to get here on Thursday morning itself.

Signs of a discord appeared before the meet as Reval Singh incharge of Himachal SAD stated the Himachal would form a separate SGPC, should if the demand for a separate SGPC for Haryana is

Reval Singh said that during a recent visit to Poonta Sahib, the matter was discussed with office bearers of Himachal Shri Dawara Prabandhak Committee and other prominent Sikh leaders, who have given him a green signal to declare a Himachal Shri Guru Dawara Prabandhak Committee as soon Haryana is allowed to form its independent state committee.

Having separate state specific SGPC’s holds long term implications for SAD and other political parties, particularly congress.

Himachal,connected to Sikh history by the long years spent by Guru Gvoind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru fighting battles against the Mughal forces from the hills, has many important shrines and Gurudwara’s scattered around the state, which include Ponta Sahib in Sirmaur.

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