Manjinder Singh Sirsa urges Kejriwal to withdraw order banning visitors to Gurdwara Bangla Sahib
Says order issued by SDM Chankya Puri has hurt sentiments of Sikh Community
New Delhi, September 18, 2021: The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President Manjinder Singh Sirsa has urged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to order withdrawal of orders issued by SDM Chankya Puri banning visitors to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.
In a statement issued here today, . Sirsa said that SDM, Chanakya Puri under the Delhi Government vide order No. SDM/CH.PURI/COVID-19/2020/4949-53 dated 16-09-2021 has issued orders for closing of Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi for visitors on the pretext of violation of Covid-19 guidelines. He said that this order is unjustified and dictatorial which is a direct attack on the sentiments of Sikh community.
He reminded Delhi CM that it was the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib which provided langar to thousands of needy people on the requests of various SDMs and other departments of Delhi Government during the Corona pandemic. Delhi Police performed the siren parikrama around the Gurdwara Sahib in recognition of commendable services rendered by Gurdwara Sahib. He said that in addition, national media also gave wide coverage appreciating the services of the Gurdwara Sahib for the mankind.
He expressed surprise that on one hand Delhi Government has allowed Cinema Halls, Restaurants, Gym, Malls, Market, Shops, Public Parks, Gardens, Monuments to open with some restrictions then why there is strict ban on religious places.
He said that itt is a historical Gurdwara and sentiments of Sikh Sangat are closely attached with this Gurdwara Sahib. There is a lot of outrage among the Sikh community because of this dictatorial order.
He urged CM to to direct the SDM to withdraw this order with immediate effect considering the sentiments of Sikh Community failing which Sikhs will have no option but to hold large scale protest against this dictatorial order.