Longowal re-appointed SGPC President

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Amritsar, Nov 13 (IANS) Gobind Singh Longowal was on Tuesday re-appointed President of the cash-rich Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

The decision was taken at the annual meeting of the SGPC general house held inside the Golden Temple complex here.

His name was proposed by former SGPC President Jagir Kaur and seconded by another former SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar.

The SGPC members had on Monday authorized Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal to decide on the appointment of the SGPC President.

Longowal was appointed SGPC President for the first time in November last year.

Gurbachan Singh Karmowala and Raghujit Singh Karnal were re-appointed General Secretary and Senior Vice President of the SGPC respectively.

The SGPC, considered a mini Parliament of Sikh religious affairs, has an annual budget of nearly Rs 1,200 crore.

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The SGPC, which has control over Sikh religious affairs, manages gurdwaras (Sikh temples) in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, including the holiest of Sikh shrines Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple, in Amritsar.

–IANS

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