Dal Khalsa criticises Badal for Jathedar Vedanti’s `ouster’

August 6th, 2008 - 8:46 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Chandigarh, Aug 6 (IANS) Dal Khalsa, a Sikh organisation, Wednesday criticised the “ousting” of Akal Takht Jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti and accused Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his family of only wanting a “yes man”. “They only want a team of yes man in Akal Takht, and if any leader tries to go against them, they just throw him out. The latest example is of unprincipled ousting of former Jathedar of Akal Takht, Joginder Singh Vedanti two days ago,” said Kanwarpal Singh, general secretary of Dal Khalsa here Wednesday.

Vedanti resigned as Akal takht chief two days ago.

“Badal and his son exploited Vedanti till he was of their use. Now they have elected Gurbachan Singh, the new Jathedar of Akal Takht, without consulting anyone and without any formal elections which are against the principles of Sikhism,” claimed Singh.

Dal Khalsa demanded formulation of a proper procedure to elect the Akal Takht Jathedar.

Criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Dal Khalsa president Dhami said: “He is always helpless and always works under some pressure. He has not done even a single thing for the betterment of Sikh community in the country.”

“Dal Khalsa is collaborating with other minority communities to formulate a policy to curb the human rights violations in the country,” said Dhami.

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