New SGPC president tankhiya: Was the newly elected SGPC president, Gobind Singh Longowal, declared ‘tankhiya’ (guilty of religious misconduct) by the Akal Takht for having visited Dera Sacha Sauda to seek votes for SAD during assembly election? On April 17, 2017, the Sikh high priests had pronounced religious atonement of Sikh leaders who had approached Dera Sacha Sauda in violation of the Akal Takht directives to seek its support ahead the assembly elections.Out of the 44 Sikh leaders, 39 including patit and sabat surat belonging to SAD, Congress and AAP had appeared before the high priests. The Akal Takht had then categorized 21 Sikh leaders as Sabat Surat and 18 as patit. It had also declared sabat surat as tankhaiya and pronounced five day religious punishment to them. Longowal’s name 17th in the list of Sabat Surat Sikhs issued by Akal Takht.The Sabat Surat Sikhs, including Longowal, were directed to sweep the road between Gurdwara Saragarhi to Darshani Deori, Ghanta Ghar, the road leading to Golden Temple. wash parikarma of Golden Temple, polish shoes for two hours, serve langar for two hours, listen to kirtan for one hour and then follow it up with offering degh of Karah parshad for Rs 501 and donate Rs 5100 each in the golak of Akal Takht and then offer prayer for forgiveness. On April 4, Sikh high priests had released the list of Sikh leaders who had gone to the Dera, seeking help during assembly elections and directed them to appear before the Akal Takht on April 17.Earlier, SGPC’s former president Kirpal Singh Badungar had constituted a sub-committee on the instructions of Akal Takht to find the role of Sikh leaders for allegedly violating its (Takht) directives issued in 2007. The directive prevents Sikhs from having any kind of political, religious or social relations with Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.When asked, Longowal denied it, saying, “I had given in writing to the Akal Takht that I had not gone to Dera.” He claimed his name had appeared in the list by “mistake”. New SGPC president tankhiya. Akal Takht jathedar Gurbachan Singh said he didn’t know the names of persons who were declared tankhiya. “But if a person completes the atonement, he is exonerated of charges and joins mainstream Sikhism”.
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