The Hush Post|1:47 pm|one-minute-read|
Gobind Singh Longowal is the new president of Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee.
Longowal is the 44th president of SGPC. He has become the SGPC president for the third consecutive time.
In the morning, Bibi Jagir Kaur and Balbir Singh were also in the race. However, Longowal ultimately became the president. Longowal is close to the Badal family.
Longowal had the backing of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal as a result of which he retained the position. Badal indirectly controls the body that manages the affairs of historic Sikh shrines in north India.
Rajinder Singh Mehta is the new senior vice-president, Gurbaksh Singh junior vice-president, and Harjinder Singh Dhami is the general secretary.
Ten opposition members walked out of the meeting to register their protest. The walk-out was regarding the handling of the incidents of sacrilege in 2015.
Gobind Singh Longowal was elected as SGPC president for the first time in 2017 and then in 2018. He had then succeeded Kirpal Singh Badungar.
He is considered to be the best choice by the SAD chief. This at a time when the party faces angst from the Sikh community over the sacrilege incidents.
It was after those incidents of blasphemy that there was a revolt in the Panthic outfit. Subsequently, it led to the formation of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Taksali).