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Captain Amarinder Singh proposes new formula to break impasse on joint 550th prakash purb celebration

Meets SGPC chief with suggestion of common events at sultanpur lodhi on nov 11 & 12

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Chandigarh , 26 Oct 2019

In a new formula to break the impasse on joint celebrations of the 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji in Sultanpur Lodhi, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday proposed that the SGPC should join the state government’s November 12 event, to be attended by the President of India, while the main function on November 11, at which the Union Home Minister is expected, could be held under the purview of the religious body.The suggestion was made by the Chief Minister at his meeting here with SGPC President Gobind Singh Longowal. The Chief Minister had invited Longowal for the meeting at his official residence here.According to an official spokesperson, the Chief Minister expressed his concern, during the meeting, about the lack of unity on this historic occasion, especially in view of the participation of high-ranking dignitaries like the President and the Prime Minister of the country in various events. Underlining the embarrassment this would cause to all concerned, Captain Amarinder noted that the Sikh Community had always remained united in such celebrations in the past. He warned that any deviation from the past practice would cause irreparable damage to the community.Longowal apprised the Chief Minister about the decision of the Union Home Minister and the President of the Nation to visit Sultanpur Lodhi on the 11th and 12th of November, respectively. In response, the Chief Minister suggested that the SGPC stage inside the Gurdwara precincts at Sultanpur Lodhi may be used as the common stage on 11th November, with the state government also participating in the celebration there. However, since 12th November would have the President participating in the programme, it was apt for the state government to host the Head of the State, in keeping with his status, Captain Amarinder proposed.This, said the Chief Minister, would help clear the confusion prevailing among the people about the main events, and would also sent a positive message of unity among the Sikh community.Longowal assured the Chief Minister that the SGPC would consider the proposal and revert shortly on the same, said the spokesperson.The meeting was attended by Cooperation & Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Rural Development & Panchayats Minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Technical Education Minister, Charanjit Singh Channi, MP Balwinder Singh Bhundar, and Suresh Kumar, Chief Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister.

 

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