SGPC Elections A Sham, Say US Sikhs

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WASHINGTON – The American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has expressed dismay over the way the SGPC elections were conducted and appealed to the Akal Takht Jathedar to bring to “book all those instrumental in rigging the poll”.

In a statement, its chief Jaswant Singh Hothi and coordinator Pritpal Singh said it was unfortunate that “many non-Sikhs who were not eligible voters had cast their vote and genuine Sikhs were not even registered as voters”. They stated that it was not important as to who won the elections, but more significant was the fact how fairly these elections were conducted. The American Sikh leaders blamed the Central Government and Chief Gurdwara Election Commissioner Justice (retd) HS Brar “for creating a mess” during the SGPC elections. “The Chief Commissioner has failed to take note of the large-scale rigging and violence … Justice Brar acted as a puppet in the hands of the ruling SAD led by the Badals,” they alleged. They requested Jathedar Gurbachan Singh to summon Justice Brar and others to the Takht.