Sikh body alleges ‘misuse’ of religious places

Srinagar: Expressing concern over “misuse” of religious places by political parties for electoral gains, a Sikh outfit Wednesday appealed Election Commission of India to direct the state election authorities not to allow “exploitation of people” by invoking religion.
“We have written a letter to Chief Election Commissioner asking him to direct the state election authorities to stop the political parties from addressing people who assemble at religious places purely for religious purposes.
“Any violation in this regard is a violation of Model Code of Conduct and as such necessary action warranted under law should be taken,” All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) said in a statement here.
The statement said in the past many political parties through their “sycophants” have managed to enter Gurdwaras and deliver political speeches even though the occasion and stage was not meant for that.
It asked the people to be vigilant against the politicians who might use or facilitate the usage of religious space for political reasons more so while seeking votes.
“Political parties who have exploited Sikhs for their benefit deserve no sympathy whatsoever from the community members,” the release said.