Centre should desist from delaying DSGMC polls: CM

Once again accusing the Congress of interfering into religious affairs of the Sikh community, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Saturday said Centre and the party should desist from politically-motivated tactics to deliberately delay next month's DSGMC elections.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event here, Badal said he has already apprised the Prime Minister regarding the clash between the two factions of the Akali inside the premises of Rakabganj gurdwara in Delhi on November 15.

Warning Centre and the Congress party not to interfere in the religious affairs of Sikh community, Badal said the "ill-conceived" move would vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Punjab.

Badal said if the situation gets out of hand then the entire onus would be on the Centre. The CM said it was "unfortunate and unjustified" on part of the Delhi government to pave way for direct elections to the President of DSGMC since such a provision was not applied in the election of any governmental post.

Meanwhile, referring to the verbal spat between Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Navjot Kaur Sidhu over the recent sting operation to nab the government doctors indulging in private practice, Badal said both of them have amicably resolved the issue.

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