AKALIS TO SEEK FOR­GIVE­NESS

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The Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal lead­er­ship will seek for­give­ness from the Akal Takht, the supreme tem­po­ral seat of Sikhs, in Am­rit­sar on Satur­day for any “mis­take com­mit­ted in­ad­ver­tently” in the past..

AM­RIT­SAR: The Shi­ro­mani Gur­d­wara Par­band­hak Com­mit­tee (SGPC) will at­tend the Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal’s three-day re­li­gious event at Akal Takht start­ing on Satur­day to apol­o­gise for the “past mis­takes”.

The Ak­hand Path will com­mence on Satur­day morn­ing in the pres­ence of Sukhbir Singh Badal, his wife Har­sim­rat Kaur Badal and party pa­tri­arch Parkash Singh Badal, who turns 91 the same day.

SGPC pres­i­dent Gobind Singh Lon­gowal was re­luc­tant to speak on the pro­gramme. In­ter­act­ing with the me­dia, Lon­gowal re­fused to com­ment, say­ing this was a mat­ter of the Akali Dal and he rep­re­sents a re­li­gious body. When jour­nal­ists pointed out that he is the core com­mit­tee mem­ber of the party and was present in its meet­ing dur­ing which the de­ci­sion to hold the event was taken on Thurs­day in Chandigarh, Lon­gowal said they will take part in the pro­gramme.

An SGPC mem­ber said bhog cer­e­mony of Ak­hand Path will be held on Mon­day and for­mer chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is also likely to at­tend it. “This step should have been taken much ear­lier to pla­cate Sikhs who were an­gry over the sac­ri­lege cases and the Akal Takht’s grant­ing par­don to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim in a blas­phemy case,” he said.

SGPC DE­MANDS AM­RIT­SAR-PURI TRAIN SER­VICE

Dur­ing the meet­ing of its Dharam Par­char Com­mit­tee, the SGPC re­solved to in­ten­sify the drive and also de­manded that a daily train should be run be­tween Am­rit­sar and Ja­gan­nath Puri to mark the 550th birth an­niver­sary of Guru Nanak. Ja­gan­nath Puri was vis­ited by Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh re­li­gion.

Shar­ing the pro­ceed­ings of the meet­ing, Lon­gowal said a panPun­jab grand na­gar kir­tan (re­li­gious pro­ces­sion) has been planned to start from Muk­t­sar Sahib on Jan­uary 13.

SGPC pres­i­dent Gobind Singh Lon­gowal.

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