Delhi gurudwara clash: Parkash Singh Badal wants PM to leash Sheila Dikshit govt

Meanwhile, while talking to media-persons in Ludhiana, Badal decried the role of Congress in the clash.

"It was highly deplorable that the Congress was meddling in the religious affairs of the Sikhs," he said.

We had asked them to desist from such "politically motivated tactics" mainly focused to delay the DSGMC elections despite the Supreme Court's orders to ensure that elections of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee were to be completed by December 31, 2012, he said.

He accused president DSGMC Paramjit Singh Sarna of the "pre-planned attack" on members of SAD with the support of Congress.

On the "clandestine move of DSGMC to introduce direct elections", Badal said there was no such provision either in the apex body of Sikhs - Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Amritsar and/or any religious or other body in India.

Similarly, even there was no provision for a direct election of a President in any of the elected constitutional bodies in the country.

The chief minister paid tribute to Kartar Singh Sarabha on his 97th martrydom anniversary here at his native village.

Addressing a gathering after paying tributes, Badal said that he would soon take up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to declare Sarabha as a "national martyr".

Badal said that "he was taken aback" when it was brought to his notice by the Kartar Singh Sarabha Charitable Trust that the Centre had not yet declared Sarabha as a national martyr.

"Not only the Punjabis even the countrymen and the people across the globe were well aware about the sacrifice made by this great son of the soil," he said.

The sacrifice of Sarabha was no less than any other great martyrs like Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Udham Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, so it was unjustified to deny the status of national martyr to him.

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