Talwandi Sabo, Punjab: Giani Gurmukh Singh, Sri Akal Takht Sahib’s head granthi, took over the additional charge of Jathedar, Takht Sri Damdama Sahib.
Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, SGPC chief, Jassa Singh of Budha Dal Nihang Singh and Hari Singh of Sant Samaj and few Punjab politicians were among those present on the occasion.
Gurmukh Singh has replaced Balwant Singh Nandgarh, who was removed from the post for not following Sri Akal Takht and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee order on the Nanakshahi Calendar.
Jathedar’s priority would be to give impetus to the SGPC’s religious awareness campaigns. SGPC chief reiterated that the Sikhs held a separate identity.
Asked how the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee would deal with issues relating to the appointment and tenure of Jathedars, he said a committee comprising Sikh scholars had been formed for the purpose, and that the matter would be resolved soon.