Prof Kirpal Singh Badungar was appointed the 41st president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee at the Sikh body’s general house meeting here on Saturday.
Badungar's name was proposed by the Punjab Cabinet Minister Tota Singh and seconded by former SGPC President Bibi Jagir Kaur during the general house meeting of the SGPC here.
He replaces Avtar Singh Makkar.
There was some opposition to his name by a few members who had proposed the name of Surjit Singh Kalhapura. But the matter was resolved after Kalhapura withdrew his candidature.
However, Kalhapura was included in the 11-member executive body of the SGPC.
On Friday, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal held a meeting with the member of SGPC to discuss the names of president and office bearers.
Falling in the party’s criteria to have an educated, a face acceptable to the larger Sikh diaspora and a known non-confrontationist fits into the party’s aspirations at a time when it is heading for a high stake assembly polls in a three months time.
Badungar was elected as president of the Sikh body for the second time. He had earlier served as the SGPC chief in 2001.
The meeting elected Baldev Singh Kiampuri from Haryana as senior Vice President, Baba Buta Singh as Junior Vice President and Amarjit Singh Chawla as General Secretary.
There are 190 members in the General House as 170 are elected, 15 are nominated and the five Takht heads are permanent members.
Five Takht heads, who are permanent members, don't have voting rights.