21 Mar : The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandak Committee has been roped up in controversies on release of its Nanaksahi calendar bearing the photograph of damaged Shri Akal Takht Sahib during the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2009.The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation which is a registered political party by the Election Commission of India has taken a serious note of this and has written a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer Punjab and the Election Commission of India that such a calendar has shatterd the emotional sentiments of Sikh community and has been done under a political motive by the SGPC which is a remotely controlled organization of the Shiromani Akali Dal.
The Sehajdhari Sikh Federation has written to the commission that the SGPC has released the nanakshahi calendar during the on going elections of Lok Sabha 2009 which is bearing the unfortunate photograph of Shri Akal Takht Sahib damaged during the Blue Star Operation and these type of photographs are shattering the religious sentiments of the Sikh Community and is an utter violation of the Election Code of conduct.
Dr.P.S.Ranu the National President of the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation stated in the letter that such type of activities of the SGPC which is a remotely controlled organization of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) are being done only with a motive to allure voters against the Congress Party by reopening the healed wounds of the Sikh community and its a part of very petty politics. Such fanatic actions of politically motivated organizations need strict exemplary action by the Election Commission otherwise tomorrow some other fanatic organizations may also start doing similar activities which are not in the interest of the Nation.
India now a days is already going through a tough time facing the challenges of national terrorism and these type of irresponsible activities of the Akalis can damage the peaceful process of elections and can give a way for disturbance to anti national forces because Punjab State has already suffered a lot in the past decades due to terrorism and now also this state has already been declared sensitive for elections by the Hon’ble Election Commission of India hence the SGPC be requested to stop the supply and display of such calendars which directly effect the religious sentiments of a particular community.