CHANDIGARH, Punjab—The Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) president Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has claimed that the pending SGPC elections are likely to be held in May or June next year. Notably, the BJP led Indian government has recently appointed Chief Gurdwara Election Commissioner to hold SGPC elections within two years.
Interacting with media in Bathinda on November 3, Dhindsa said that his party has decided not to allow any political post to anyone contesting SGPC elections. He clarified that an affidavit will be taken from every candidate in this concern before sending him in the fray for SGPC elections.
It is pertinent to note here that the SGPC members are often noticed compromising with their moral responsibilities towards Sikhism just for satisfying their lust of political posts.
On being questioned about the formation of an alliance with other parties, Dhindsa said that it will be decided by the party’s leadership and he won’t be the only deciding factor on this issue.
“We want to run our party in a pure democratic manner unlike SAD (Badal) where every decision comes from a single-family,” he added.
Commenting on the new farm laws imposed by the BJP led Indian government, Dhindsa said that the Union government of India must shun its obstinate attitude and make efforts to sort out this issue while taking farmers into confidence.
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has also denied any possibility of forming alliances with the ruling BJP.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) is expected to change the scenario of Panthak politics in Punjab while emerging as a light of hope for the Sikh vote bank.
After the dissociation of alliance between SAD (Badal) and BJP, it is being expected that the BJP may help SAD (Democratic) in ousting Badals from the apex Sikh body. However, a distinct alliance between the two parties seems impossible.
In Punjab, the BJP has already announced to work independently and contest election from all the 117 segments in coming assembly polls but if it fails in Punjab then the SAD (Democratic) may emerge as a new distinct ally of BJP in Punjab.