New Delhi: With the withdrawal of 85 names, a total number of 335 contestants are left in the fray for the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections to be held on February 26, according to data issued by the Directorate of Gurdwara Elections, the Delhi Government said. A total number 425 candidates had filed their nominations for the DSGMC elections. Out of these candidates, 85 have withdrawn their names, the list states. The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) has 46 candidates, SAD (Delhi) Sarna group has 46 candidates, Akal Sahai Welfare Society 11, Panthak Seva Dal 39 and Aam Akali Dal nine. Besides, 184 Independent candidates are in the fray. The Panthak Seva Dal had 42 candidates. Three had withdrawn their names.Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC) polls is set to be multi-cornered. Again, like Punjab, and the groups opposing Badal clan-led SAD have failed to come on a common platform. However, efforts are still on to work out some understanding among the groups.
At present, five different groups are fielding their candidates: SAD unit headed by DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK; Paramjit Singh Sarna-led SAD (Delhi), which earlier controlled the DSGMC; Panthak Sewa Dal headed by AAP MLA Avtar Singh Kalkaji; former Akal Takht jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh's Akal Sahai Welfare Society; and former Darbar Sahib Hazoori ragi Beldev Singh Wadala's Sikh Sadbhawana Dal.
Panthak Sewa Dal was formed recently by Sikh activists sympathizing with AAP and it is headed by party MLA Avtar Singh Kalka.
Counting for Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Committee for 2017 started at 8.00 a.m. in the morning and completed peacefully by 4.00 p.m. today i.e. 01.03.2017 in the following five designated counting centre:-
To complete the election process for DSGMC-2017 nine members are to be coopted in the following manner:
The first meeting of the elected members will be convened by the Director Gurdwara Elections for co-opting members as mentioned above by 16th March, 2017. Thereafter, Director Gurdwara Elections will summon the first meeting of the Committee for electing pro tempore Chairman of the Committee by 30th March,2017.
Accordingly the entire election for DSGMC-2017 shall be completed by end of March-2017.