IT'S all change at the Southall Gurdwara as control of the temple has returned back to the Falcon Group.
The group had run the charity for 14 years before losing to the Lion Group during elections in October 2008. But now the Falcons are in in charge again after voting was held in Southall on Sunday (March 6).
Doctor Parvinder Singh Garcha, spokesman for the Falcon Group said: “We are pleased with the result and we seek to build upon the work we had achieved before the 2008 elections. We had not seen any new initiatives at the Gurdwara over the last couple of years so we would like to put forward new ideas for Southall.”
Mr Garcha said that in terms of the wider community, the aim of the Gurdwara is to bring different religious and ethnic groups together and praised the work of Falcon leader Simmat Singh Sohi.
He said: “Mr Sohi was instrumental in reaching out to different religious groups in the area. When there were periods of racial tension elsewhere in the UK there was none in Southall, and we have Mr Sohi to thank for that.”
Didar Singh Randawa, outgoing president at the Gurdwara said: “The elections passed peacefully and we accept their result. We will co-operate with the new administration. We feel we were able to get a lot done while we were here, including overseeing the completion of the Khalsa Primary School in Norwood Green.”
The new administration will resume control from Sunday (March 13).
The Gurdwara on Havelock Road is the largest Sikh temple outside Amritsar in the Punjab, India. It has about 9,000 members.