FOUR SAHIBZADAS MAR­TYRED THIS MONTH, CHANGE DATE: TAKHT, SGPC

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Punjab -

AM­RIT­SAR : The Akal Takht and the Shi­ro­mani Gur­d­wara Par­band­hak Com­mit­tee (SGPC) have asked the gov­ern­ment as well as the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia (ECI) to post­pone the pan­chayat elec­tion date.

Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said Sikhs are not pleased with the pan­chayat poll date (De­cem­ber 30) as mar­tyr­dom days of Sahibzadas (sons of Guru Gobind Singh) and Mata Gu­jri, mother of the Guru, fall in this month.

He said the Sikhs ob­serve the mar­tyr­dom as “sha­heedi sap­tah” in the sec­ond half of De­cem­ber and they don’t take part in cel­e­bra­tions dur­ing these days. He said the SGPC has al­ready writ­ten to the state gov­ern­ment to ex­tend the date.

“If the date is not changed, we will see what should be the next course of ac­tion,” he said.

Mean­while, SGPC pres­i­dent Gobind Singh Lon­gowal re­it­er­ated the de­mand stat­ing that the polling date doesn’t go well with the Sikh com­mu­nity.

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