Op/Ed: Once Again, Sukhbir Badal Starts Search for a New SGPC President

Shiromani Akali Dal’s (SAD) President Sukhbir Badal had brought forward the current SGPC President Gobind Singh Longowal in an attempt to reinstate party’s lost glory among common Sikh masses. But his choice proved counterproductive to his expectations as the newly elected SGPC President got entangled in issues as his controversial photos and videos went viral over social media within few days of his election.

Sources within Shiromani Akali Dal have informed that the party president Sukhbir Badal is quite upset these days after seeing negative response to his choice. Although he had tried his best to bring forward Longowal due to his proven track record but unfortunately he come out victim of same controversy that had proved fatal for the SAD during last state assembly polls.

Sources have claimed that Sukhbir Badal has begun search for a new SGPC President so that controversial Gobind Singh Longowal could be replaced at the earliest.

Sikh24 has learnt that Sukhbir Badal is deliberating upon three theories to rectify his mistake. As per first theory, it is being speculated that Sukhbir Badal might induct his new choice into the SGPC executive committee and then bring him forward as President.

Under second theory, Sukhbir Badal is expected to promote current SGPC Senior Vice President Raghujit Singh Virk as President. This theory might prove quite beneficiary for the Shiromani Akali Dal from two perspectives. With this step, Sukhbir Badal will be able to reinstate Shiromani Akali Dal’s lost glory in Sikh community as well as pacify the Haryana based Sikhs as Raghujit Singh Virk hails from Haryana. Further, name of Raghujit Singh Virk is among list of trustworthy leaders of Sukhbir Badal as he had paid special attention to get complete the Entrance Plaza and Heritage Walk projects.    

Under third theory, Sukhbir Badal is expected to appoint an acting President of SGPC and confer all the rights of presidentship to him. But this theory is being considered inefficient in current scenario as Longowal would remain president.

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