Chandigarh: The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has passed a resolution condemning the BJP-led central government’s attempts to implement a common civil code in the country.

The committee alleged that preparations were being made by the central government to bring this new law under the policies of suppressing the minorities. The meeting was held here under the chairmanship of Advocate Harjinder Singh Dhami.

Sharing details of the meeting held at the Sikh body’s headquarters, SGPC president Advocate Dhami said the bill for a common civil code was introduced in the Rajya Sabha, where BJP members supported it.

He alleged that the BJP government wants to suppress the minorities in the country, against which the voice will be raised at every level.

He expressed apprehension that the common civil code would not only affect the rights of the states but would also interfere with the personal laws and religious beliefs of different nations and religions.

He has also appealed to the state governments to bring a resolution against it. He questioned the silence of National Commission for Minorities chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura on the issue, saying he was a part of the BJP’s politics instead of representing the minorities on the issue.

In view of the martyrdom day of the Sahibzadas, the SGPC Committee has decided to set up a simple langar in all the Gurdwaras of the SGPC from December 15 to 31. Even sweet dishes will not be prepared in the langars during these days and there will be a complete ban on giving siropao.

He said that the SGPC has decided to print booklets in different languages to spread the history of martyrdom of Sahibzadas.

The committee also condemned in the strongest terms the burning of an effigy of the Jathedar and challenging the decision of Sri Akal Takht Sahib at Takht Sri Patna Sahib. The SGPC strongly opposed the encroachment of Sikh religious places in Pakistan and asked the Pakistan government to resolve such cases on a priority basis.

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