Tuesday, Dec 12 2017 | Time 08:14 Hrs(IST)
image
  • U'S', EU, Japan to join forces on Chinese excess capacity -source
  • U'S' condemns threat to ban Venezuela opposition from elections
  • Macron seeks climate financing after U'S' withdrawal from Paris accord
  • Amnesty accuses EU of abetting migrant rights violations in Libya
  • U'S' military must accept transgender recruits by Jan' 1, judge rules
  • Trump says NY attack highlights need for immigration reform
  • Trump wants to send U'S' astronauts back to moon, someday Mars
  • Turkey, Russia will meet to finalise S-400 defence deal in coming week
  • Iran: Trump's Jerusalem move will hasten Israel's destruction
  • New York suspect had no criminal record in Bangladesh -police
  • Three held at Imphal airport by CISF with 6 gold bars
States Share

Sehajdhari Sikhs to support Congress in Gurdaspur bypoll

Gurdaspur, Oct 7 (UNI) The Sehajdhari Sikh Party(SJP) on Saturday announced unconditional support to Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar in the October 11 Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election.


Addressing a press conference here, SJP national president Paramjit Singh Ranu claimed there are approximately 4.5 lakh Sehajdhari Sikhs in Gurdaspur Parliamentary constituency and said this is going to be a big challenge for the BJP and the Modi-led National Democratic Alliance(NDA) which is dreaming of mission 2019 repeat to retain the seat.


Citing records of the Gurdwara Election Commission, Dr Ranu said in 2011 there were 4,19,586 keshdhari Sikh voters in Gurdaspur district and simultaneously an equal amount approximately 4.5 lakh Sehajdhari Sikhs were debarred from voting due to the notification of the NDA-led Union Government.


He said Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) voter list revealed that there were 38,097 Keshdhari Sikh voters in Batala constituency, 51,170 in Dera Baba Nanak, 53,412 in Dhariwal, 55,987 in Gurdaspur and 26,400 in Pathankot. There was an equal strength of Sehajdharis who were not enrolled as voters in Dina Nagar, Qadian, Fatehgarh Churian, Sujanpur and Bhoa and now the majority of the Sikhs with shorn hairs who are labeled as Patits and Sehajdhari Sikhs by Akalis and SGPC will get a chance to express their grievance through ballot against the BJP-Akali alliance, he added.
UNI RKS DB SW 1608
image