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“Safeguard interests of Jharkhand Sikhs”: Appeal to PM

Inderjeet Singh submits memorandum against Bihar State Gurudwara Act

Jamshedpur, August 4: To safe guard the interest of five lakh Sikhs of Jharkhand, Sardar Inderjeet Singh, member, Sri Harmandir Sahib Patna management committee, has appealed to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Raghubar Das and Bihar’s chief minister Nitish Kumar.

On Saturday, a Sikh delegation led by Sardar Inderjeet Singh met East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amit Kumar and submitted a demand memorandum.

When asked, Inderjeet Singh said, for supervision of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s birth place Patna Sahib and other religious Sikh places a constitution was prepared by Custodian district and sessions judge in the year 1956 and according to the constitution elections were conducted every five years. On the basis of Ganga River its northern area was made the north election area and Southern area was made the South election area. Under the Southern Bihar election region-Bhagalpur, Sasaram, Jamalpur, Gaya, Aurangabad and all the gurudwaras samitis of Jharkhand have been included, he informed.

Inderjeet further said that he has been elected from the South Bihar election region for the tearm 2017-22.

According to Inderjeet, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court and a demand was raised for representation of four Sikhs from the management committee according to the population ration of Jharkhand. But instead of fulfilling the demand, Bihar government is trying to change the constitution of 1956 and wants to form a new Bihar State Gurudwara Act. He informed that if the new act is in place then it will be applied on the geographical area of Bihar and Jharkhand’s Sikh will be deprived of management’s participation.

‘With this step of Bihar government there is displeasure among the Sikhs of Jharkhand and we appeal the Prime Minister to have proportional representation arrangement as per the provision of new act keeping in mind the population of Jharkhand Sikhs’, said Inderjeet Singh, adding, Nitish Kumar and Bihar government should not keep a blind eye on the constitutional rights of Sikhs of Jharkhand’. He also said that soon we will meet the Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das and take up the issue.

The delegation included Harminder Singh, Kulvinder Singh Pannu, Satnam Singh Sidhu, Sukhvinder Singh Raju, Surjeet Singh, Surjeet Singh Site, Gurdeep Singh, Baljeet Singh, Damanpreet Singh, Manjeet SIngh and others.

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