H S Bawa
Jalandhar, June 17-
BJP’s tallest Sikh leader S S Ahluwalia, who tasted defeat during Rajya Sabha Election from Jharkhand, today lost Takht Patna Sahib Management Board Election to Harvinder Singh Sarna, brother of DSGMC president and SAD Delhi Chief Paramjit Singh Sarna.
Takht Patna Sahib Management Board manages the all important and respected Takht Patna Sahib, one of the five highest temporal seats of Sikhism.
Harvinder Singh Sarna himself had been a president of Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee and is a General Secretary of SAD Delhi.
14 Members of the Takht Patna Sahib Management Board had gathered today to elect a 15th member. Sarna was elected as he secured 9 votes while Ahluwalia could muster only four.
The 15 members of the Board shall now meet after three weeks to elect the president of the Board.
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, who was there at Patna Sahib, to take part in the election process tried for a consensus and refrained from voting as a consensus could not be evolved. Makkar otherwise was backing Ahluwalia and it was clear that the other side has a clear majority, even if he preferred to vote.
With this defeat, Ahluwalia has lost control over the Board for the first time, since several years.
Ahluwalia who had been president of the Board for several years while he was in Congress and continued to head the body even after joining BJP. He dominated the Board even when he ceased to be the president of the Board due to his political influence.
Leaders from Punjab had been holding the top post time and again in the Gurudwara Board which was resented by local community leaders. Paramjit Singh Sarna, this time had said that he was ready to support a local member as president.