Manmohan to be part of first ‘jatha’ to Kartarpur
No Relation To Pak Invite: Amarinder
New Delhi/Chandigarh: Former PM Manmohan Singh and Punjab CM Amarinder Singh will lead the first group (jatha) of pilgrims to the Kartarpur shrine in Pakistan after the corridor connecting India to the Sikh religious site is opened next month.
The visit will mark a high-profile start as the ‘jatha’ will include all elected representatives of Punjab, cutting across party lines. They will include MLAs and MPs and possibly some other senior leaders.
The CM’s office had denied on Wednesday that Manmohan Singh was going in response to an invitation from Pakistan. “There’s no question of me going (to Pakistan for the corridor’s opening) and I feel Manmohan Singh will not go as well,” Amarinder Singh had said, emphasising that there was a difference between visiting Pakistan Former PM Manmohan Singh with Punjab CM Amarinder Singh in New Delhi on Thursday. The CM will lead the delegation for the visit after the corridor to the Sikh shrine is opened next month
and going to the gurdwara through the corridor.
Punjab assembly has a representation of ruling Congress, Akali Dal and AAP, while BJP is represented in Parliament from Punjab. Amarinder Singh made the announcement on Thursday after visiting the capital with Kartarpur on his agenda. He met President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Modi and ex-PM Singh. He invited them to the opening of the corridor, which coincides with the 550th Guru Purab celebrations.
Speaking to reporters, Amarinder Singh said Kovind and Modi had agreed to participate in the opening ceremony and the Guru Purab celebrations, and that
modalities of their visit would be finalised after the Kartarpur Corridor opening programme was known. He also sought the PM’s intervention in facilitating “political clearance” for a special allparty ‘jatha’ to visit Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, the birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev.
Amarinder requested that a group of 21 people may be allowed to visit Nankana Sahib to organise a ‘paath’ on the 550th Prakash Purb from October 30 to November 3, and bring a Nagar Kirtan to Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala district on November 4.
The state government will also hold an all-party meeting from on November 1 at Sultanpur Lodhi.