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Veteran Akali leader Wadala’s portrait to be installed at Central Sikh Museum on Nov 25

ByGagandeep Jassowal
Nov 23, 2021 12:59 AM IST

The portrait of Akali leader Wadala will grace the Central Sikh museum in Golden Temple, the SGPC has said, adding that the Sikh Panth recognised the sacrifices that Wadala made towards its common cause

Jalandhar The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex gurdwara management body, on Monday announced that it will install the portrait of late veteran Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader, Kuldeep Singh Wadala, at the Central Sikh Museum in the Golden Temple on November 25. Wadala had founded Kartarpur Darshan Abhilakhi Sanstha to demand Kartarpur Corridor.

The Akali leader Wadala contributed by holding monthly prayer for 18 years with the faith that the Kartarpur Corridor will be built for Sikhs to visit Darbar Kartarpur Sahib. (HT file)
The Akali leader Wadala contributed by holding monthly prayer for 18 years with the faith that the Kartarpur Corridor will be built for Sikhs to visit Darbar Kartarpur Sahib. (HT file)

Wadala, a former Nakodar MLA, performed monthly ‘ardaas’ (prayer) at the ‘Darshan Asthan since 2001 for seeking a safe corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan. He continued with the prayers for 18 years, till his demise in 2018, when he was a serving member of the SGPC.

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On the SGPC decision, Nakodar Shiromani Akali Dal MLA and son of Kuldeep Singh, Gurpratap Singh Wadala said, “It is a very big honour for all of us and his (Wadala’s) associates who have served the Sikh panth (community) all throughout their lives.”

He added, “It was the Panthic mission for Wadala Saab (Kuldeep Singh) to contribute towards the opening of Gurdwara Durbar Sahib, Kartarpur Corridor. He worked selflessly with strong commitment towards panthic values. SGPC has honoured his lifelong service towards Sikh panth and Punjab.”

In 1997, Wadala left the Akali Dal after differences with Parkash Singh Badal and formed his own party SAD (Democratic) and unsuccessfully contested as an independent from Nakodar. In 2006, he rejoined the Akali Dal and contested the 2007 elections, but lost to Congress’ Amarjit Singh Samra. A senior SAD functionary from Jalandhar said it was a welcome step that the SGPC had recognised the relentless efforts of Kuldeep Singh Wadala towards the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor.

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    A staff correspondent, based in Jalandhar covers Doaba Region of Punjab. Reports about Punjab Police, Enforcement Directorate, politics, corruption, legal, rural areas, socio-economic issues and technical education besides having specialisation in the investigative stories.

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