6 Apr :The National General Secretary of the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation Pritpal Singh Khemkarn today issued a Press Statement that with which face will the Akalis ask for votes in the Lok Sabha Elections from the Sikhs with shorn Hairs whom they have declared as Patits(Non-Sikhs).
The federation leader stated that in the year 2004 the Gurudwara Election Commission has debarred the Sehajdhari Sikhs from voting in the SGPC elections and deleted approximately 12.5 lakh sehajdhari voters from the list with one stroke following directions from the NDA Government. The Sehajdhari voters have always been a potential vote bank for the Badals but now they have been ignored by the Badals and are contesting a legal battle in the Punjab & Haryana High Court for their voting rights.
The Sehajdjhari Sikh federation which is now a registerd political party by the election Commission of India have given a slogan in punjabi “Je Shiromani Committee vich vote nai, te Akalia nu koi support ni” means if no voting right in SGPC then no vote for the Akalis. The Federation leader stated that the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation have always played a decisive role in the elections and whomsoever they have supported has been victorious and formed the Government. Justifying this stand Mr.Khemkarn said that in 2002 the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation supported Capt.Amrinder Singh and he succeeded to form his Government in Punjab, in 2004 the Federation supported the Congress nominees in the Lok Sabha elections and the Congress succeeded to form the Union Government and now in 2007 the Federation supported the Akali Dal Badal with a deal that the Badal’s will nominate the Sehajdhari Sikhs in the SGPC but though Badal betrayed them afterwards but still succeeded to form their Government in Punjab.
The Federation has sticked to its previous stand that it will contest the general elections only after it regains the voting right in the SGPC and till that time it will be supporting the Liberal and secular forces in the country. It has been decided by the National Council of the Federation to support Mr.Sukhdev Singh Libra from Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha Constituency as he is the only iron man who came forward to support the cause of neuclear deal in the national interest and has supported the Sikh Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh in a crucial period during the privilege motion in the Parliament.