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Punjab Politics: Will Smaller Sikh Groups Be A Challenge For SAD(B)?

Chandigarh: The emerging small Sikh religious political group Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal in Punjab could present a major challenge to the SAD (B), which is trying hard to make a comeback in state politics, even as the SAD ( b) as well as both. In the last assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had politically defeated the Congress parties. Groups including Sikh Sadbhavna Dal (SSD), Panthik Akali Lehar (PAL), Panthik Talmel Sangathan (PTS), Sahajdhari Sikh Party (SSP) etc whose leaders were once close to the SAD(B) leadership but opted to participate . Blaming the SAD (B) for failing to judiciously perform its duties towards the sect and instead staking panthic institutions including the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) as well as the Akal Takht, the highest temporary seat of the Sikhs, it has its own personal and used for political interests.

Not only SAD(B) has raised the issue of Sikh prisoners but other groups have also put their weight behind Sikh prisoners and are advocating their release from various platforms.

SSD’s brother Baldev Singh Wadala is leading a movement to trace the whereabouts of 328 Sarup of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, which the SGPC claims have gone ‘missing’ apart from Wadala, who was specifically There is a lot of support from the Sikh people in rural areas, who are demanding. The release of Sikh prisoners.

Former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Giani Kewal Singh, who heads the PTS, claims to have the support of 150 different Sikh bodies spread across the state. At the same time, in recent days, PTS had also announced to contest the elections of SGPC.

Bhai Ranjit Singh, former jathedar of Akal Takht and president of Pal, was openly demanding Badal’s removal from the SGPC, while the present house of the SGPC has a majority of the members allied with the SAD(B).

Questions are being asked as to how these ‘insignificant’ looking religious political parties will pose any challenge to the ‘powerful’ Akalis, who not only have ‘excessive’ political experience, but are also projecting themselves as a major ‘sectarian’ force. There are also cadres and resources for ,

Political pundits believe that there is a possibility that these emerging religious political groups may join hands to give a united fight to the SAD(B) ahead of the SGPC elections, but at the same time, the SAD(B) leadership calls them ‘opportunists’. Huh. whose personal revival was more important than cult issues.

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