Bir Devinder slams Fatehgarh Sahib head priest, SGPC member for memo to CM in sanctum sanctorum
- PT Bureau
Bir Devinder slams Fatehgarh Sahib head priest, SGPC member for memo to CM in sanctum sanctorum



FATEHGARH SAHIB, December 28: Former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder Singh, who was in the forefront of a public resistance movement that forced political parties to scrap plans to hold their annual rallies at the Shaheedi Jor Mela at Fatehgarh Sahib, has now taken upon the head priest of the holy shrine and the SGPC member Karnail Singh Panjoli for having submitted a memorandum of demands to CM Amarinder Singh in the sanctum sanctorum of the gurdwara.

"It is appalling that the Head Priest of Gurdwara Fateh Garh Sahib, Bhai Harpal Singh, and SGPC member Karnail Singh Panjoli, along with gurdwara manager Jasbir Singh brazenly violated the religious code by submitting a memorandum of demands to CM Amarinder Singh in the sanctum-sanctorum of Gurdwara Fateh Garh Sahib,” Bir Devinder Singh said.

He said the CM was himself visiting the shrine as a devout Sikh, seeking Guru's blessings, when, ironically, Harpal Singh and Panjoli chose to beseech him for worldly favours in the sanctum-sanctorum.

"This reprehensible act of Panjoli and the head priest in utter disregard of the Sikh values and spiritual sanctity of the sanctum-sanctorum has deeply hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikh community for which they not only deserve reprimand but severe punishment also,” the former legislator said.
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Bir Devinder also joined issue with those seeking to turn the sub jail Bassi Pathana into a tourist resort and said it was never the demand of the Sikh community.
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He said he has written to the Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh SGPC and president Gobind Singh Longowal also in this regard.

Bir Devinder also joined issue with those seeking to turn the sub jail Bassi Pathana into a tourist resort and said it was never the demand of the Sikh community. 

The ninth Sikh guru, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, spent more than three months in this jail along with his three disciples — Bhai Mati Dass, Bhai Sati Dass and Bhai Dayala Ji — before they attained martyrdom. Bir Devinder said with such a historical context, the SGPC needs to reclaim the premises and raise a Sikh shrine there.

"I’m sure even the CM has not been adequately briefed on the issue, else he would not have asked the secretary for cultural affairs and tourism to submit a plan to erect a memorial at the site,” he said.
 

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