Amritsar, September 14: Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, in a written request to Akal Takht, today sought ex-communication of 5-time chief minister and Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal from the Sikh Panth.
He submitted his complaint against them at the Akal Takht secretariat in the Golden Temple complex today morning.
It is pertinent to mention that Badal is the only recipient if ‘Faqr-e-Qaum Panth Rattan’ honour in the history of Akal Takht.
He submitted that series of incidents of sacrilege had hurt the Sikh sentiments. These incidents of sacrilege would never be forgotten by the Sikhs.
He traced the present crisis in the Sikh religio-political domain to 2007 when Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh copied the attire of Guru Gobind Singh and complaint was lodged against him. Badal was the chief minister at that time.
However, investigation in this complaint did not make any progress.
The Sikh conclave at Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo took action as per the Sikh tradition and directed the Sikhs to sever all socio-relations with this dera.
However, this very directive from Akal Takht was repeatedly violated by Badals for vested interests.
He stated in the complaint that Badals sought support of the dera for Sukhbir’s wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal in 2009 Lok Sabha elections. The state government filed application in the court to withdraw the case against dera chief before the 2012 Assembly elections. No charge sheet was filed in this case in seven years.
Subsequently, Badals managed pardon from Akal Takht for Gurmit Ram Rahim for which Jathedar Gurbachan Singh and his associates were summoned at the official residence of Badal in Chandigarh.
Then followed series of incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib but the Badal government took no action.
On the contrary, the Sikhs protesting against sacrilege were fired at by the police at Kotkapura followed by at Behbal Kalan.
He said both Badal and Sukhbir has betrayed the Sikhs for which they should be ex-communicated from the Panth.