With police investigation, so far, pointing towards the hand of Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma in the assassination attempt on Baba Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale in which one of his followers was killed, the Punjab government led by Parkash Singh Badal is finding itself caught in a double bind.
While on the one hand, Baba Dhadrianwale has served it an ultimatum to reveal the names of the culprits, taking any severe action against the Taksal would mean dissolving a “mutually beneficial” agreement reached between it and the Akalis over the years.
Dhumma, who is also part of the larger Sant Samaj, had declared support for Akali candidates in the 2012 assembly elections. In 2013, Dhumma called upon the Sikh voters of New Delhi to save the ‘Panth’ and vote for the SAD in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) polls. Dhumma shared the dais with Sukhbir in that campaign.