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Baba Harnam Singh acting chief of Taksal   E-mail 
Mehta Chowk, January 2
Even as Jathedars of Takhts and the SGPC today accorded formal recognition to the breakaway group of the 300-year-old Damdami Taksal, which has announced Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale as ?martyr?, by presenting ?dastars? (turbans) to Baba Ram Singh, yet Bhai Rajinder Singh Mehta, Adviser to the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and an SGPC member besides senior leaders of Akali factions accepted Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa as successor of Baba Thakur Singh, here today.

Baba Harnam Singh, soon after his anointment as acting Jathedar of Damdami Taksal at Chowk Mehta in Amritsar district
Baba Harnam Singh, soon after his anointment as acting Jathedar of Damdami Taksal at Chowk Mehta in Amritsar district on Sunday. ? Photo by Rajiv Sharma

 

Baba Harnam Singh acting chief of Taksal
Ram Singh heads breakaway faction
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service

Baba Ram Singh, who was installed as Jathedar of the breakaway faction of the Taksal at Sangrai near Batala
Baba Ram Singh, who was installed as Jathedar of the breakaway faction of the Taksal at Sangrai near Batala.

Mehta Chowk, January 2
Even as Jathedars of Takhts and the SGPC today accorded formal recognition to the breakaway group of the 300-year-old Damdami Taksal, which has announced Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale as ?martyr?, by presenting ?dastars? (turbans) to Baba Ram Singh, yet Bhai Rajinder Singh Mehta, Adviser to the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and an SGPC member besides senior leaders of Akali factions accepted Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa as successor of Baba Thakur Singh, here today.

Contrary to the decision of the SGPC, SAD (Badal) and Sikh jathedars, Bhai Mehta?s decision was likely to initiate a fresh debate over the successor of Baba Thakur Singh.

Raising a voice of revolt against the joint decision of the Sikh clergy and the SGPC chief, Bhai Mehta claimed that Bibi Jagir Kaur had misguided the Sikh Sangat that Mr Parkash Singh Badal, had given any signal to recognise Baba Ram Singh as successor to Baba Thakur Singh. He said he himself had spoken to Mr Badal who had described the ongoing controversy as an ?internal matter? of the Taksal. Annoyed over the decision of the SGPC and Sikh clergy for giving recognition to the breakaway group, Bhai Mehta alleged that Baba Ram Singh had concocted the story that he was installed as 15th Jathedar of the Taksal by Baba Thakur Singh. He said he had heard the voice of his conscious and hence attended the ?dastarbandi? of Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma here.

While the Baba Harnam Singh faction organised ?dusehra? (Antim Ardas) of Baba Thakur Singh here, the breakaway faction held a parallel function at Gurdwara Gurshabad Parkash, Sangrai, near Batala. After his formal installation as 15th Jathedar of the Taksal, Baba Ram Singh announced that the Sikh sangat would decide over the distribution of moveable and immovable properties of the Taksal.

Bhai Ranjit Singh, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht while speaking at Chowk Mehta, said it was unfortunate that the ?so called Jathedars? had given recognition to the breakaway group of the Taksal. He alleged that the Sikh clergy was dancing to the tunes of Mr Badal and had failed to take an independent decision over this significant issue. Bhai Harcharn Singh Dhami, President, Dal Khalsa, while speaking on the occasion urged the Sikh sangat to suffix ?Bhindranwale? after the name of Baba Harnam Singh. He urged Bhai Dhumma to fulfil the dreams of Sant Bhindranwale for creating a separate Sikh state. Among those who were present at Chowk Mehta were Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi, President, Sant Samaj, Mr Simranjit Singh Mann, President, SAD (Amritsar), Bhai Jasbir Singh Rode, a former Jathedar of Akal Takht, Bhai Mohkam Singh, Mr Sucha Singh Chhotepur, an Independent MLA, Mr Jagjit Singh Chauhan, Mr Kanwarpal Singh, Mr Karnail Singh Panjauli, Mr Wassan Singh Zafarwal and Bhai Ram Singh, general secretary, SAD(A).

Baba Ram Singh is nephew of Sant Kartar Singh Khalsa, the 13th Jathedar of Damdami Taksal. Bhai Manjit Singh, senior Akali leader and cousin of Baba Ram Singh, said with his appointment, the controversy regarding the death of Sant Bhindranwale stood resolved.

Earlier, Baba Ram Singh had resigned as priest of the Golden Temple in protest when he was transferred to Jind in Haryana by the SGPC.



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