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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Confusion over separate gates, banners

Confusion over separate gates, banners

Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Sultanpur Lodhi, November 4

In the historic town spread over 2 sq km, a clear territorial division in organising various events to mark the 550th Parkash Purb is being witnessed between the Congress-led government and the SGPC.

The Kali Bein, adjoining Gurdwara Ber Sahib, where Guru Nanak is believed to have attained enlightenment, is serving as a border between the two warring factions. A newly constructed bridge on the Kali Bein is witnessing an “entry gate war”, causing confusion among devotees.

As the footfall of devotees increased further on Monday, the game of one-upmanship between the Congress and the SGPC escalated with both putting up welcome gates at the bridge to counter each other.

While the SGPC is erecting entry gates at three places near Gurdwara Ber Sahib, the government is installing a huge gate leading to the gurdwara to outdo the committee. As a result, the police have to partially block the main entry to the shrine, much to the inconvenience of the devotees.

The Congress government is leaving no stone unturned to attract large crowds at its “sehaj path” beginning tomorrow at a decked-up pandal.

Congress Sultanpur Lodhi MLA Navtej Cheema alleged that the SGPC, under pressure from the Shiromani Akali Dal, is trying to outdo official events. Multiple entry gates would hamper the movement of devotees to and from Gurdwara Ber Sahib, he said. On the other hand, SAD leaders have been accusing the government of interfering in religious functions.

Cheema and MP Jasbir Singh Dimpa have been tasked with extending invites for tomorrow’s function to all religious heads reaching the town.

To showcase the life and teachings of Guru Nanak, a 14-day-long spectacular light and sound show began today near the main pandal.

“Our events will be better organised. The Akalis and the SGPC are putting up flags and entry gates in front of our sign boards installed to guide devotees,” claimed Cabinet Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.

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