Chandigarh: Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday lashed out at Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Harjinder Singh Dhami for giving Gurbani telecasting rights to only a single private channel and acting on the behest of the Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Addressing the gatherings after laying foundation stone of the Tehsil complexes at Dirba and cheema here today, the Chief Minister said that it is unfortunate that instead of giving free rights of Gurbani to all the channels, the SGPC President is towing the line set by his masters to give it only to one channel.

He said that what objections SGPC President has if the universal message of ‘Sarbat da Bhala’ (welfare of all) is disseminated through the ‘Sarb Sanji Gurbani’ across the globe. Bhagwant Mann dared the President of SGPC to explain what was more important spreading the message of Gurbani or extending largesse to their blue eyed channel.

He said that the President of SGPC who asks for votes for the Akali Dal in Lok Sabha polls has no moral right to give sermons to him. He said that the SGPC President must tell that giving the rights of telecasting of Gurbani poses threat to the religion. Bhagwant Mann said that this is a vague statement which needs to be condemned by one and all.

Mann said that it is unfortunate that the SGPC is acting like a puppet in the hands of the Badal family and is being used by them for fulfilling their nefarious political designs. He said that the Badals have misused SGPC for stalling the ambitious project of the Medical College at Mastuana Sahib, which could have transformed the fortunes of the people of the region.

Bhagwant Mann said that these people have no interest in the well being of the people but they are always bothered about their vested political interests.

Mann accuses former CM Channi of corruption

Training his guns against the former Chief Minister and Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi, said that his nephew used to seek Rs 2 crore for every job. Contrary to it, he said that ever since assuming the charge of office his government has given jobs to more than 29,000 youths completely on merit. Bhagwant Mann said that these leaders who have exploited the youth of the state will not be spared and they will be made accountable to the people of the state.

He said that the previous regimes had mercilessly plundered the state due to which state had lagged behind in progress. Bhagwant Mann said that the state government will recover every single penny from these corrupt leaders who had robbed the state.

Slamming the centre for imposing value cut on wheat, he said that the Union government is unnecessarily harassing the state b y depriving it of its legitimate share.

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