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Chandigarh, Oct 26: Expressing ‘deep sadness” over the central government’s plans to auction a sacred model of the Harmandir Sahib, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal on Wednesday demanded it be returned to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).

The model was presented by the SGPC to Prime Minister Narendra Modi,

Badal said the model was presented as a “Sacred Symbol” of the gift and blessing of the Akal Purakhand the G uru Sahibs and auctioning it would be “grossly disrespectful and would hurt| the religious sentiments of the Sikh community.

“My humble request to the Prime Minister is to stop this auction immediately. If the government feels unable to handle this sacred and priceless gift, then I request that this sacred symbol be kindly handed back to the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee,” he added.