SGPC elects Gobind Singh Longowal as president

Gobind Singh Longowal

Former Punjab state assemblyman Gobind Singh Longowal has been elected as the 42nd president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

At the meeting of its general house in Amritsar yesterday (29 Nov 2017), Longowal easily fended off a challenge from Amrik Singh Shahpur from Dera Baba Nanak who campaigned under the Panthic Front, gaining 154 of the 169 votes casted.

Longowal, a former Dhuri Member of Legastivw Assembly (MLA), replaces Kirpal Singh Badungar who took over in 2016 Avtar Singh Makkar.

The three-time MLA and a minister in the Badal Cabinet was among 40 leaders awarded ‘tankhah’ (religious punishment) by Akal Takht for visiting Dera Sacha Sauda ahead of assembly elections.

The adopted son of the late Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, he won the Dhuri byelection in 2015, defeating Congress-Sanjha Morcha candidate Simar Partap Singh, grandson of Surjit Singh Barnala. Longowal’s wife is a schoolteacher and younger sister Dr Inderjeet Kaur is the chairperson of the All-India Pingalwara Society, reports The Tribune.


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  1. SGPC like other religious organizations should change their Rules and bar past or present politicians from holding any positions as there is always danger of the funds being used for personal interests and those of the political parties to which they are aligned.
    This may just be wishful thinking and a hopeless wish as the culture of politicians controlling religious funds directly or indirectly, is perceived to be common worldwide. Of course this may apply also to others and thus it is for Sanggat to be aware and elect those with integrity and ethics and aspire to serve as many change after getting the KERUSI and position with control of funds/assets.
    Many promise to be TRANSPARENT REGARDING MANAGEMENT OF FUNDS OF GURDWARAS/SIKH NGOS but sadly how many actually keep their promise and do it.
    No reference to any one living or dead.
    Gur Fateh