Badal threatens to quit over Haryana SGPC issue?

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Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is reported to have threatened to quit if the central government did not intervene in the controversial issue of setting up of a separate committee in Haryana to manage gurdwaras there, Shiromani Akali Dal sources said.

Badal rushed to New Delhi and even missed the annual budget announcements of his government in the state assembly here, to meet union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the Haryana SGPC issue.

Badal is reported to have told the central ministers that if the union government did not stop the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in Haryana from setting up a separate SGPC for the state, he was ready to sacrifice his job to protect the interests of the Sikh community and the Amritsar-based SGPC.

Sources said Badal was told that the matter would be discussed when Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes back after attending the BRICS summit in Brazil.