Verdict a victory for Khalsa Panth: CM
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The chief minister also took on the Congress and said that the verdict in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) polls should serve as a lesson to the national party and its "stooges" that Sikhs will never tolerate any interference in their religious affairs. "The way the entire government in Delhi and Congress leaders like External Affairs Minister of State Preneet Kaur and Captain Amarinder Singh campaigned for the Sarnas had left Sikhs in doubt that the fight was really between the Khalsa Panth and the Congress and its stooges. The verdict was therefore never in doubt. I hope the Congress leaders at the national level also draw the right lesson from it," Badal said.
"The verdict despite opposition by the Congress government in Delhi, carries a historic message. After the overwhelming response which the SAD had received from Sikh masses in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, this thumping victory in Delhi has proved yet again that the Shiromani Akali Dal is the sole representative of the religious and political aspirations of the Sikh masses all over the world. The verdict also signals a rejection of the accomplices of the anti-Sikh Congress party," Badal added. He further said that his party would honour all commitments it had made with the Sikh Sangat during the campaign.
Meanwhile, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal thanked the Sikh Sangat of Delhi for the party's convincing victory in the DSGMC elections. In a statement issued here on Wednesday, Sukhbir said he was overwhelmed by the love and affection shown by Sikh voters of Delhi and reiterated his resolve to fulfil every promise made in the manifesto.
He further said that the Sarnas were shown the door for "pressurising witnesses of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases to protect Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar and ensuring their acquittal." Sukhbir added that the SAD would continue to fight till "every accused of the largest ever massacre of Sikhs" were given exemplary punishment.
Thanking Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh for campaigning for the Sarnas, Sukhbir said Amarinder's intensive campaign for the Gurdwara polls has exposed the Congress' 'secular' face. He warned that the Congress should be prepared to meet the same fate in the Moga bypolls.