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State nodal agency for Gurpurb festivities: Govt

State nodal agency for Gurpurb festivities: Govt

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 9

Amid row with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) over the joint celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the government has made it clear that the state would be the nodal agency for functions being held out the precincts of Gurdwara at Sultanpur Lodhi.

The issue is likely to be taken up in the Cabinet meeting scheduled to be held at Sultanpur Lodhi on Tuesday.

A Cabinet Minister said, “After initially agreeing to the erection of Rs 200 crore special tent city for the main event and related functions, the SGPC now wants to hold the event at Guru Nanak Dev College in Sultanpur Lodhi and want former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur to take over its charge. It has never happened in the past.”

The Chief Minister, in a statement, said the government would extend full support to the religious body for any event it planned to hold at the gurdwara, while the state would hold the main event outside the premises asin the past. As a religious body, the SGPC was entitled to hold any event within the gurdwaras it controlled, he said, appealing to them to cooperate with the government on the matter.

The minister said, “On the pattern of the main events on the 352nd birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh organised by the Bihar Government, the Congress government in Punjab is doing the same.”

Apart from reviewing the progress of various works related to the celebrations, discussions would be held on calling one-day special session of the Vidhan Sabha to commemorate the historic eventand on inviting important religious, spiritual and political leaders.

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