Nephew made officiating head

Thakur Uday Singh, nephew of Satguru Jagjit Singh, was declared the 'officiating head' of Namdhari sect soon after the cremation of Satguru Jagjit Singh, who died last evening at Apollo hospital. The decision was taken by Chand Kaur, wife of late Satguru.

The decision on who will be named successor is likely to be made on December 23, the day of the bhog ceremony.

"I am in deep shock and so is the entire family," said Uday, who holds the post of chairman of Satguru Partap Singh Apollo Hospital and CEO of Namdhari Seeds. He is also the patron of Namdhari 11 a hockey team.

Jagjit was the chief of Namdhari sect for more than 50 years after he was declared successor by his grandfather Satguru Ram Singh.

Other than Uday, the names of Sant Jagtar Singh, son-in-law of the Satguru, his son Jai Singh and Uday Singh's son Uttam Singh are being considered for successor.

H S Hanspal, former PPCC chief and a sect member, said: "The Satguru had indicated few names before he passed away, so our entire family will be sitting together to reach a conclusion. For the time being Thakur Uday is the incharge as per the decision of Mataji Chand Kaur."

CREMATION

The pyre was lit jointly by Thakur Uday Singh, Satguru Jagtar Singh, Uttam Singh and Jai Singh. A memorial site was built overnight in the Bhaini Sahib Gurudwara campus by the followers where the cremation took place. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also attended the cremation and expressed deep grief, "This void cannot be filled and his contributions to society will always be remembered."

Cabinet Minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon, MLAs Darshan Singh Shivalik and Ranjit Singh also attended the cremation. While state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh was absent at the event, former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Lal Singh and other Congress leaders were in attendance.

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