AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab— Amid the row over electronic voting machines (EVMs) allegedly getting hacked by BJP to manage poll results in India, the Akal Takht Sahib’s SGPC-appointed acting jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said Modi regime is EVM government, not democratic in view of which the Sikh must be conscious.
While addressing the function organized by the SGPC to mark its 100th foundation day at Manji Sahib Diwan Hall in Sri Harmandar Sahib complex, he said, “Once again the government in India is not democratic. This is the EVM (electronic voting machine) government. The government formed by EVMs is not democratic. Don’t know till how long it will remain with the help of EVMs. So, the Sikhs need to unite and bury all kinds of differences. If we don’t unit, this government will destroy us completely”.
The BJP ruling in Centre is facing allegations after the poll result of Bihar assembly, in which the saffron party turned victorious. Counting of votes for the Bihar elections took unusually long by today’s standards. During the paper ballot era, the Election Commission (EC) would take up to 48 hours to announce results. But since the introduction of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the early 2000s, results have started coming in the same day.
The jathedar encouraged Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) to further strengthen their Panthik base in Punjab. Moreover, he cautioned the opponents of the SGPC for having their relevant queries in a more civilized and disciplined manner.
Giani Harpreet Singh said the SGPC was today facing the same challenges like it did in 1984. He said the then Congress government wanted to break the SGPC but a vigilant President – Gurcharan Singh Tohra did not let this conspiracy succeed. He said the Centre wanted to break the SGPC and run all Gurdwaras by forming Trusts controlled by it on the pattern of Temples because the SGPC was a State in State. “The Indian State does not like this independent nature”, he said.
Making a strong pitch for the need to ensure and safeguard “security, equality and dignity” of the minority communities, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) president Sukhbir Badal called for more concrete and credible steps to stop insecurity and alienation in the minds of the minorities.
On this occasion of centenary celebrations of the SGPC, eleven resolutions were passed by the congregation.
Notably, it was declared on the occasion that Badal’s wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal will be entitled with ‘daughter of Punjab’ on the 100th foundation day of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), to be celebrated on December 15.