Man­mo­han to be part of first ‘jatha’ to Kar­tarpur

No Re­la­tion To Pak In­vite: Amarinder

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.


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