HOSHIARPUR, Punjab—In a meeting held in Hoshiarpur, a number of Nihang factions announced to not attend the Sarbat Khalsa. Meeting attendees termed the call of ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ on November 10 as an attempt to bifurcate the Sikh panth. The meeting was convened by Baba Nihal Singh of Tarna Dal Harian Velan who has had differences with Simranjit Singh Mann in past.
Considering the on-going beadbi of Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the Nihang factions appealed to the Sikh masses to recite Gurbani and to pray for unity of the Panth. It was also announced that Sikhs should avoid lighting and fireworks on this ‘Diwali’.
The meeting was attended by a number of Nihung Dal Jathedars, including Baba Balbir Singh (Budha Dal), Baba Avtar Singh (Baba Bidhi Chand Sur Singh Wale) and others. Baba Balbir Singh of Budha Dal is known to have good relations with the Akali Dal (B). While Baba Nihal Singh is a respected Sikh personality, him, along with Baba Avtar Singh (Sur Singh Wale) have been noticed in proximity of the Akali Dal (B) leadership.
Along with the Nihung factions, Damdami Taksal faction headed by Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma too has announced to not attend Sarbat Khalsa. Baba Dhumma had agreed that the Panth is going through a crisis, however stated that Sarbat Khalsa should only be held at Sri Akal Takht Sahib. He however called for the removal of the Jathedars.