“Religious” ally of Badal Dal unhappy over Sukhbir Badal’s Casino proporal for Punjab
By Gurtej Singh
Published: August 8, 2012
Amritsar (August 08, 2012): As per media reprots a faction of Sant Samaj, that has allied with Badal Dal has expressed it’s unease over Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal’s proposal to introduce Casino culture in Punjab.
“After evoking sharp criticism from various Sikh organizations, state governments’ Casino plan has met another roadblock after Sant Samaj assembly. Shiromani Gurdwara Parabandhak Committee (SGPC) elections warned the state leadership to review its decision and not go ahead with its plan of making Punjab a den of gambling”, reprots Times of India (TOI).
As per reprots various constituents of Sant Samaj including Damdami Taksal (Mehta Faction), Nirmal, Udhaseen, Rara Sahib Sampardai’s held a meeting in Amritsar on August 08, 2012 to contemplate over state governments’ plans to set up Casinos in Punjab.
“We can’t even think of opening of gambling den’s in Punjab” TOI has quoted Baba Harnam Singh, cheif of Mehta faction of Taksal.
Baba Harnam Singh has stated that gambling was forbitten in Sikhism and how could state government draw such plans for Punjabi’s who were already victim to the menace of drugs.
As per reprots Baba Harnam Singh Khalsa however remained non committal when asked the future course of Sant Samaj in case government continuted with its plans.
It is notable that in recent past Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has proposed to set up Casino near Ludhiana. The decision had attracted widespread condemnations from across the world.
Sant Samaj helped Badal Dal in SGPC Punjab assembly elections.