Chandigarh, Nov 1 : An all-party meeting held at the residence of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday resolved to jointly celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nank Dev Ji by participating in the state-level function being organised by the Punjab government at Sultanpur Lodhi on November 12.
The meeting regretted that certain political parties, for their vested interests, had decided to hold parallel celebrations on this pious occasion, sending a wrong message to the Sikh community across the world.
It was observed at the meeting that even on earlier occasions, all such celebrations were organised by the state government, and leaders of all political parties had jointly participated in it. It was unfortunate that certain political parties had this time decided to break from the tradition, and exploit this pious and historic occasion, to promote their vested interests.
The meeting resolved that the state government will invite leaders of all political parties, both state and national, for the November 12 function. In keeping with the religious sentiment of the event, all speeches will be restricted to propagating the Guru’s philosophy and his life, an official spokesperson said after the meeting.
Besides the Chief Minister, the ruling Congress was represented at the party by Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Charanjit Singh Channi and Sunil Jakhar. Others who attended the meeting were Harbans Singh Kandhola (SAD-1920), Bhupinder Sambhar and Hardev Arshi (CPI), Gurparamjit Kaur Taggar (CPI-M), Sewa Singh Sekhwan (SAD Taksali), Baba Sarbjot Singh Bedi (Sant Samaj), Jasbir Singh Garhi (State President BSP), Manjit Singh Bilaspur (AAP) and Harpal Singh Cheema (LoP). (UNI)