Amritsar: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has termed the November 10 congregation an engineered political programme christened as Sarbat Khalsa.
He along with his wife and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur paid obeisance at the Golden Temple today.
Without naming anyone, he said those appointed leaders during the congregation were facing charges of murder and other heinous crimes.
“How could they lead the Sikh community? They are anti-national elements. These elements want to push Punjab back to the black days of terrorism. The Congress is supporting them as one of their MLAs was present on the dais,” he said.
On the ongoing unrest in the state, the Deputy CM said the sacrilege incidents were a deep-rooted conspiracy fuelled by Pakistan’s ISI and other foreign agencies in a bid to disturb peace in the state.
On controversies surrounding the SGPC, Panj Pyaras and Akal Takht Jathedar, the Deputy CM said: “The government has no role to play in the affairs of the Golden Temple and SGPC. The role and duties of Panj Pyaras has well been defined. Ask the SGPC about it.”