Punjab chief minister, Prakash Singh Badal was left red-faced on Friday when an ardasiya (prayer reciter) refused to give a siropa to the party patriarch inside the sanctum sanctorum of Golden Temple.
Ardasiyas are equivalent to priests, and work for Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
Justifying his action, ardasiya Balbir Singh said that he refused the siropa to Badal due to “government inaction” over the issue of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib last year, reported Indian Express.
“There were a number of incidents in which Guru Granth Sahib was disrespected, but no action was taken by the government… On the same grounds, I had refused siropa to (Deputy CM) Sukhbir Badal on January 20,” Singh was quoted by the paper.
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar described the incident unfortunate saying that the religious body will seek an explanation from the ardasiya and take appropriate action if required.