government of Congress proposes to organize main events in Sultanpur Lodhi under the patronage of Akal Takht | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH / AMRITSAR: To break the deadlock on the main events celebrating the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev, the Congressional government in Punjab on Tuesday proposed to organize the functions of Sultanpur Lodhi on November 11/12 under the patronage of Akal Takht, with the support of the SGPC.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also spoke on the phone with Akal Takht’s jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh while his cabinet colleagues Charanjit Singh Channi and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa met with him to convey to him the government’s proposal. State.
The ministers later said that they, on behalf of the chief minister, urged the jathedar to lead the Sikh The Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) to support official events and not waste 12-15 crore rupees of sangat money on setting up a separate stage, especially when the state government had already developed the necessary infrastructure for key programs. This money could be spent more usefully in “dharam prachar,” which was one of the main objectives of the GSTP, the ministers said, adding that two separate two-stage events would also disturb the pilgrims.
Akal Takht’s jathedar said he would call a meeting of the five Sikh high priests next week to finalize the program of the main functions, to be held on November 11 and 12 in Sultanpur Lodhi, where millions of worshipers are expected to converge on pay homage to the first Sikh guru on this historic occasion.
The government of Punjab and the SAD-led SGPC have accused each other of being insincere and creating bottlenecks in carrying out joint functions. The functions to mark Guru Nanak’s birthday will take place from November 1 to 12.
The two government representatives of the talmel (coordination) committee, formed by the jathedar, Randhawa and Channi appealed to Giani Harpreet Singh on Tuesday and invited the five jethdars, the chairman of the SGPC and other Sikh leaders to share the stage of the government of Punjab. during the main ceremony on November 12 in Sultanpur Lodhi. They also delivered a letter from the chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, to the jathedar.
The ministers told the jathedar that the state government believed, in accordance with the significance of the historic occasion and Guru Nanak’s philosophy of “sanjhi varta” (collective voice), that the Sikh community should come together for the celebrations.
They said that as a humble Sikh, Amarinder suggested that all Sikhs bow to Akal Takht and meet under his auspices for the blessed event. No Sikh should have a problem celebrating the 550th Prakash Purb under Akal Takht, as it is the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, the CM added.
Captain Amarinder said he was of the opinion that the sanctity of the occasion required that there be no appearance of division or confrontation between the Sikhs in Punjab for the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims coming to attend the events around the world, according to ministers.
The captain suggests
According to the proposal, no political speech would be allowed at the main ceremony, in which only the jathedars of the five Takhts, the granthi chief of Darbar Sahib, the prime minister (or any other high representative of the central government), the Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister and Chairman of the SGPC would be present on stage. The state government has had no problem with the SGPC organizing other related events separately, inside the premises of gurdwara, ministers told the jathedar.
Considering the proposal: Jathedar
When contacted, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh said: “The two ministers of the Punjab government met me today. We received the letter from the CM and I also spoke to him on the phone. He said he was a devout and devoted Sikh to Akal Takht. He said he left the question, including who will sit on stage and speak, to the Akal Takht to decide. ”
Stating that the meeting with government officials took place in a favorable atmosphere, he added that the talks were moving in the positive direction. “We will consider the letter from the CM and the proposal from the ministers at the meeting of the five high priests scheduled for October 21,” said the jathedar.
Supreme Akal Takht, will respect his directive: Sukhbir Singh Badal
Jalalabad: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Chairman Sukhbir Singh Badal said in Jalalabad on Tuesday that they will abide by directives from the Sikh supreme temporal authority Akal Takht on the issue of joint celebrations of the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev.
“I heard that Akal Takht said he was studying the issue as Congress had mentioned about joint celebrations and put certain conditions on it. Akal Takht is the supreme authority. We will respect the direction he gives, ”he said.
However, he declined to comment on Akal Takht Giani Hapreet Singh’s jathedar calling for the RSS to be banned. He also said that for the celebrations of the anniversary of Guru Nanak’s birth, they could cross the bridge and sit with anyone, but that was the domain of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) d ‘organize religious affairs.

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