Posted by: Singh Is King | Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Federation Condemns Mann’s Stance Against KAC & Daljit Singh Bittu


The Sikh Federation (UK) – recognised as one of the leading political Sikh organisations abroad – has strongly condemned Simranjit Singh Mann for the stance he has taken against the Khalsa Action Committee and his action to expel Daljit Singh Bittu and 13 others.

Bhai Amrik Singh, Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said: ‘Those with Panthic interests at heart at this critical time are united in their support for the Khalsa Action Committee and their actions against the Sirsa Dera chief.’

‘We have been urging Daljit Singh Bittu and his associates to show restraint and maintain unity in SAD (Amritsar).  However, Simranjit Singh Mann and a handful around him have shown they are only interested in maintaining their personal power in the party and at any cost.’

‘It is a shame they are failing to recognise the strength of Sikh feeling and hurt caused by the Sirsa Dera chief.  They have now shown they have no interest in maintaining united opposition to the Sirsa Dera chief.‘

‘Many Sikhs from around the globe have contacted the Federation to urge us to use our influence and clout.  However, Simranjit Singh Mann is not prepared to listen, has gone too far and it is now time for the membership of the SAD(A) to change its leadership.  It is time for new blood and a younger leadership.’

Bhai Narinderjit Singh, General Secretary of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:

‘At one time Simranjit Singh Mann and his associates were given a massive mandate by the people of Panjab.  However, his poor judgement, inconsistency, temperament and weak leadership has resulted in a gradual erosion of support following the natural sympathy for his personal sacrifices.’

‘Following elections earlier this year it became clear to Simranjit Singh Mann himself that he had reached the end of the road as the people of Panjab had rejected him and his leadership.  He therefore resigned as the party President claiming he was too old to lead the party.’

‘Daljit Singh Bittu as the Vice-President was the natural successor.  Those that have met him recognise his political maturity and leadership qualities.  However, a handful around Simranjit Singh Mann worried about their own personal positions persuaded the 62-year old that his age was not an issue.’

‘It is now for the SAD (A) membership in Panjab and supporters abroad to decide on their future.  Sticking with Simranjit Singh Mann will maintain the decline, while a new younger leadership, support from abroad and a coalition based on issues shown by the progress made by the Khalsa Action Comittee will help build a much stronger opposition.’

‘Many predict there may be a snap election with the current dispute in the centre about the nuclear deal with the US.  We appeal to SAD (A) members to make the correct choice about leadership at a critical point in its short history.’

Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)


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