Amritsar: Sikh priest Balbir Singh, who on Friday refused to offer ‘Siropa’ (robe of honour) to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during his visit to the sanctum sanctorum of Golden Temple, on Saturday resigned from his religious services. Balbir Singh said that he got his transfer orders for Machiwara Gurdwara in Ludhiana but he preferred to resign from his services.
Singh said he joined services in the Golden Temple in 1986 and since then he had been serving there but at the end of his service he would not prefer to go to Ludhiana and therefore chose to resign. He had earlier refused to honour Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal with ‘Siropa’ on January 20 this year, alleging that Punjab government had failed to curb the series of sacrilege of holy Guru Granth Sahib in the state.
Badal was on Friday refused the traditional ‘Siropa’ by the Sikh priest on duty at the Golden Temple. Badal, accompanied by the senior Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) official, reached the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple to pay obeisance but the priest on duty Balbir Singh refused to offer ‘Siropa’ to the CM. The senior SGPC officials, who were present on the spot, tried to coerce the priest but he refused to budge.
SGPC has, meanwhile, marked a probe into an incident in which a senior ‘ardasia’ (Sikh priest) refused to offer a ‘siropa’ (traditional religious robe of honour) to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a visit to the holiest of Sikh shrines ‘Harmandar Sahib’, a senior SGPC official said here on Saturday. SGPC, left embarrassed by the incident, ordered the transfer of ‘ardasia’ Balbir Singh to a gurdwara in Machhiwara near Ludhiana. Balbir Singh had, on Friday, refused to offer the ‘siropa’ to Badal, 88, when the chief minister went to offer prayers inside the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple complex.
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