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

Khalsa Action Committee joins issue with Mann over Bittu’s expulsion

Amritsar: Terming the expulsion of Daljit Singh Bittu from SAD (Amristar) as most unfortunate, the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) Monday came down heavily on Simranjit Singh Mann for going overboard to criticize and question the working of the KAC- a body formed to contain and curtail the blasphemous acts of the Sirsa cult.

The committee also announced that its members under the leadership of its co-convenor Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu would reach Ambala to witness court proceedings on August 31- the day Gurmit Ram Rahim was slated be produced in the CBI court.In a hard hitting statement issued here senior members of the KAC, Bhai Mohkam Singh, Karnail Singh Panjoli, Kanwar Pal Singh, Harinder Singh Khalsa and D S Gill categorically stated that the KAC came into existence when other Sikh parties and institutions including Jathedar of the Akal Takht succumbed to the dictates of Punjab government and dropped their campaign against Gurmit Ram Rahim half way.

We took up the cudgels in our hands after, like in the past, the Sikh traditional Akali leadership failed to live up to the expectations of the Sikh masses that were up in arms against the activities of Sirsa dera.

Unfortunately, Mr Mann has joined the KAC bashing club, the leaders said. Falling in the line of jathedar Joginder Singh Vedanti and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar (both Badal’s handpicked), Mr Mann too has trained his guns towards the KAC. “If any ammunition is still left in the guns of Mr Mann, he should target it towards Sirsa dera instead of KAC”.

Reiterating its resolve to continue with its struggle in order to stem out the practice of Gurudom, challenging the fundamentals of Sikh philosophy and ethos, the statement said by severing of his party’s ties with KAC at this critical juncture Mr Mann has made the enemies of the Panth and the Congress ‘happy'”.

The allegations against us were absurd and uncalled for, said they. Rebutting Mann’s allegations, they said we didn’t meet Prime Minister. However, meeting PM was not a sin, argued KAC. “If it is a sin, than Mr Mann must explain as how many time he has committed this “sin” in his political career”.

Accusing Mr Mann of being unfair and unreasonable to them, they stated that the delegation of KAC met Governor and chief minister of Punjab to seek not only the arrest of Ram Rahim but also his (Mann’s) release. Mr Mann was criticizing the KAC out of zealous and not on merit, they said. They pointed out that Mr Mann knows well that meeting with executive heads of the state administration to put across one’s viewpoint was a part of the democratic set-up.

Regarding holding parleys with Dera mediators by some KAC members, they said it was being blown out of proportion. It was an open secret that a close relative of the Sirsa dera head approached Mr Paramjit Singh Sarna to resolve the dera crisis, who in turn took SGPC president in confidence before ‘arranging’ the so-called apology letter. However, the KAC, in its collective wisdom rejected the so-called apology sent by Sirsa Dera and pleaded with Jathedar’s to do the same. We failed to understand why Mr Mann was beating about the bush by raking up the closed issue time and again .

6 quit SAD(A) over Bittu’s removal

Amritsar: Terming the expulsion of Daljit Singh Bittu from SAD (Amritsar) as unfortunate, the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) came down heavily on Simranjit Singh Mann for going overboard to criticize and question the working of the KAC.

In a press note issued here today, the KAC also announced that its members, under the leadership of Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu, would reach Ambala to witness court proceedings on August 31, the day Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was slated to appear in the CBI court.

Senior members of the KAC, Bhai Mohkam Singh, Karnail Singh Panjoli, Kanwar Pal Singh, Harinder Singh Khalsa and D S Gill, criticised Mann for toeing the line of jathedar Akal Takht Giani Joginder Singh Vedanti and SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar.

Meanwhile, six members of SAD (A), having allegiance to Daljit Singh Bittu, today resigned from the party. Senior vice-president Balwinder Singh Chhabbal, Rajwinder Singh Raju, general secretary, Youth Wingh SAD (A), Jarnek Singh Neka, Manmohan Singh Jammu, Ajit Singh Dhillon and Piyara Singh Bhullar were among those who resigned from the party. They said if Mann wanted to remove Bittu from the post, he should have called the meeting of the political affairs committee of the party in this regard.

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