AHEAD OF SGPC and Assembly polls, Panthic organisations are getting ready to organise the 2nd Sarbat Khalsa on November 10. The first one was also held on the same date in Amritsar last year. However, the venue is Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district this year. Baljeet Singh Daduwal, Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib, as per the Sarbat Khalsa 2015, said, “Over 100 acres of farmland at Bhagivander village have been lying vacant after harvesting as farmers have not done any sowing. They have asked us to use this land for Sarbat Khalsa. We are expecting lakhs at the event.”
Dhyan Singh Mand, Jathedar of Sri Akal Takht, and Amrik Singh Ajnala, Jathedar of Takht Kesgarh Sahib — appointed to last year’s Sarbat Khalsa – have alreday inspected the Bhagivander village land, said Daduwal.
“We have filed an application with the Bathinda DC, seeking permission to organise Sarbat Khalsa at Bhagivander village land as everyone has the right to organise programmes in a democratic set-up. We hope the government does not create any hassle. And, even if they stop us, we will still go ahead with the programme. NRIs are also coming apart from sangat from Punjab.”
However, Bathinda DC Dr Basant Garg said,”We have forwarded the application to Bathinda police. Once they inspect the law and order problem and give their report, we will give permission for this programme.”
Bathinda SSP Swapan Sharma, though, stated that they were looking into the complaint and would assess the whole situation. Police were yet to give their report.
“SGPC elections will be discussed at the Sarbat Khalsa programme and we have already asked panthic organisations to field their candidates so as to bring about a change in the gurdwara management, which is controlled by the government now,” stated Daduwal.
Like last year, Sarbat Khalsa 2016 will also discuss the working of Jathedars and various other issues, added Daduwal.