Sehajdhari Sikh Party
Sehajdhari Sikh Party (SSP), formerly known as Sehajdhari Sikh Federation (SSF), is a political party registered under section 29(A) of the Representation of the People Act 1951 by the Election Commission of India. It claims to be the world's first organization that represents the Sahajdhari Sikhs. Dr. Paramjeet Singh Ranu is the founder National President of the Party.].
SSP aims to spread the teachings and principles of Guru Nanak Dev and the other Sikh Gurus with the preaching of Guru Granth Sahib, to "spread the Message of Peace worldwide". It also aims to "prevent the fascist forces to divide the religion or the nation on caste basis".
Sehajdhari Sikh Federation was formed on 13 April 2001 by holding Ardas at Gurudwara Tahliana Sahib Raekot by certain likeminded secular persons especially those Sikhs who were born in Sikh families, when resolutions were passed by SGPC to disfranchise the voting right of Sehajdhari Sikhs in SGPC elections. Firstly the organization was registered under the Society Act at Ludhiana and then on November 4, 2001, the Federation held a large congregation of thousands of Sehajdhari Sikhs before Akal Takht at Amritsar and held Ardas by turning the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation into a political out fit and named it as Sehajdhari Shiromani Akali Dal SSAD.
Later an application was filed with the Election Commission of India for getting the organization registered as a Political Party under section 29(A) of the Representation of the People Act 1951. The Akali Dals in Punjab opposed the name “Sehajdhari Shiromani Akali Dal” and the Election Commission directed to change the words ‘Shiromani’ and ‘Akali’ from the title. As the word ‘AKALI’ means ‘KHALSA’(Amritdhari) and Sehajdharis are not Khalsa hence the old name was selected by the National Council of the Organisation and the Election Commission of India registered the name of “Sehajdhari Sikh Federation” as a Political Party under section 29(A) of the Representation of People Act 1951.Now the Election commission has approved the change of name of the Party as SEHAJDHARI SIKH PARTY (SSP).
The Party has been contesting a legal battle in the Punjab & Haryana High Court for the voting right of Sehajdhari Sikhs in the SGPC elections which was existing since 1959 and was disfrenchised in 2003 by a notification. The High Court quashed the notification and revived the voting rights of sehajdhari sikhs.The SGPC filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court Verdict and the matter is under adjudication.
- Sehajdhari Sikhs back Cong. The Times of India, 20 April 2004.