Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh launched a frontal attack on the BJP on Thursday, claiming to have forced Manjinder Singh Sirsa to choose between joining the Saffron Party or going to jail.
Sirsa, the face of Shiromani Akali Dal in the nation’s capital and the head of Delhi’s management committee Sikh Gurdwara, joined the BJP on Wednesday ahead of the Assembly elections in Punjab.
“When the foreign and Mughal invaders attacked India, they asked people to choose between religion and life. Those who chose religion had to scarify their lives and those who chose life had to leave their religion. I spoke to Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Wednesday morning. I felt like he also had to make the kind of decision people had to make under the Mughal invaders, ”the Jathedar said.
He added: “Manjinder Singh Sirsa was asked to choose between joining the BJP or going to jail. He chose the BJP.
Sirsa, who was considered close to Akali Dal’s chief Sukhbir Badal, had organized logistics for farmers protesting against the three central agricultural laws on the borders of the national capital. Under his leadership, the DSGMC directed Langar Sewa at the protest sites.
Akali Dal said on Wednesday that a case had been registered against Sirsa, the party’s unit leader in Delhi, Jathedar Harmeet Singh Kalka, and 11 other members of the DSGMC. “But while all other members have respected the traditions of the Khalsa Panth in the fight against repression, it is unfortunate that Sirsa gave in to the pressure and betrayed the Khalsa Panth and its spirit,” he said.
Giani Harpreet Singh also raised the case against Sirsa and others, but accused “some so-called Sikh leaders” of “paving the way for Sirsa to join the BJP,” which he said was ” their political error “.
“Isn’t it surprising that 11 DSGMC members are involved in business and one of them is forced to resign and join a party?” It was wrong on all sides, ”Jathedar said.
While Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat welcomed Sirsa to the BJP, he was then brought in to meet Home Minister Amit Shah and party chairman JP Nadda, in what is considered the left saffron, signifying the importance attached to his enthronement.
While Shah said Sirsa expressed confidence in the BJP’s commitment to the welfare of the Sikh community under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shekhawat said his induction would certainly help the BJP in Punjab linked to the surveys.
For his part, Sirsa said he had a conversation with Shah “about issues concerning the Sikhs” and added that he was joining the BJP “for my community and to resolve its longstanding problems of the past 70 years”.