CHIEF MINISTER’S OFFICE, PUNJAB
CM APPEALS ALL THE POLITICAL PARTIES TO JOIN HANDS FOR THWARTING ANY ATTEMPT TO FOIL PEACE IN THE STATE
REITERATES THAT SOME FORCES INIMICAL TO THE STATE WERE HELL BENT UPON PUSHING it BACK TO TURBULENT TIMES
TERMS PEACE, COMMUNAL HARMONY AND BROTHERHOOD AS THE NEED OF HOUR
EXHORTS PEOPLE TO SHUN THE PATH OF AGITATION
DESECRATION OF SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI HAD TORMENTED THE PSYCHE OF EVERY SIKH
VOWS TO ENSURE EXEMPLARY PUNISHMENT TO PERPETRATORS OF SACRILEGE INCIDENT
CALLS UPON PEOPLE TO KEEP STRICT VIGIL OVER EVERY RELIGIOUS PLACE
PAYS HOMAGE TO SAWINDER KAUR KAHLON
Dadu Jodh (Gurdaspur), October 18-
Reiterating that some forces inimical to the state were hell bent upon destroying the hard won peace in the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today appealed all the political parties to join hands for thwarting any such attempt of pushing the state back to turbulent times.
Interacting with the media persons after paying homage to Mrs. Sawinder Kaur Kahlon, wife of former Punjab Speaker Mr. Nirmal Singh Kahlon, on her bhog here today, the Chief Minister said that the state had suffered a lot socially, politically and economically during the turbulent times and once again some fissiparous forces were trying to bring back those days in the state. He said that peace, communal harmony, brotherhood and amity was the need of the hour and the state government was making every effort to ensure that it was not disturbed at any cost. “But the strenuous efforts of the state government would bear fruit only if all the political parties of the state and general public cooperate us in this onerous task” added Mr. Badal.
Exhorting the people to shun the path of agitation, which was causing a lot of harassment to the general public, the Chief Minister assured them that the state government would make every effort to ensure that the perpetrators of heinous crime of sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji was brought to book. He said that state government was working tirelessly to expose the forces behind this grave crime and the culprits would be ensured exemplary punishment for this crime. “The desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji has tormented the psyche of every Sikh but we must exercise restraint in this hour of crisis to foil the attempt of divisive forces to derail progress and prosperity in the state” added Mr. Badal.
Expressing deep concern over the sacrilege incident in the state, the Chief Minister said that it was a part of the deep rooted conspiracy on behalf of some powerful forces, who were trying to repeat the black days in the state. He said that such agencies had divided the people on sectarian lines in past also and now again they were trying to create wedge between the people by fanning such incidents. “But it is the moral duty of every Punjabi to crush their nefarious designs by keeping a strict vigil at every religious place across the state’ added Mr. Badal.
Earlier paying tributes to Mrs. Sawinder Kaur Kahlon, the Chief Minister mourned her untimely and sad demise. Lauding the role played by Mrs. Kahlon in philanthropic causes, to help the needy, Mr. Badal said that the state has lost one of its illustrious daughter, who would be ever remembered for her hard work and dedication besides for spreading the light of education particularly in the border areas of state. “Mrs. Kahlon will ever act as a source of inspiration for the coming generations to work zealously for attaining any goal” he added.
The Chief Minister further said that the untimely death of Mrs. Kahlon was an irreparable loss for people of region in general and Kahlon family in particular. Sharing heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family, Mr. Badal prayed to the Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and give strength to them to bear this huge loss in this hour of crisis.
Earlier, Cabinet Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia also visited the residence of Mr. Kahlon to share his condolences with the family.
Prominent amongst other present on the occasion included Cabinet Ministers Jathedar Ajit Singh Kohar, Dr. Daljeet Singh Cheema and Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Gurbachan Singh Babbehali, former Ministers Jathedar Sucha Singh Langah, Jathedar Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Captain Balbir Singh Baath, Master Mohan Lal, former MLAs Mr. Jagdish Sahni and Mr. Veer Singh Lopoke.