Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh who did not utter a word on the Moga Orbit bus tragedy, is now busy heaping praise on chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for giving the people of Punjab an opportunity to view (have a darshan) of the relics of these gurus.
"It was due to the initiative of the Punjab government and in particular of the chief minister and the deputy chief minister that the people will have 'darshan' of the relics of the gurus," the Jathedar said in a statement issued on Friday.
The jathedar appealed to the 'sangat' to extend all possible assistance to the Patiala---Anandpur Sahib 'yatra' which will pass through different parts of Punjab with the relics of the gurus displayed in a specially-designed bus of the SGPC.
The 'yatra' which tarted from Patiala on May 7 will reach Amritsar on May 12 and will then move to the Doaba belt and finally end at Anandpur Sahib on June 19, when the four-day celebrations of the 350 years of foundation of the birthplace of the 'Khalsa' start.
The journey is a joint event of the Punjab government and the SGPC, whose president Avtar Singh Makkar has already credited the chief minister and the deputy chief minister for the floating of the idea.
The event is being viewed by many as an attempt by the state government to divert the attention of the public from the Moga bus tragedy.
In the past, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has often taken the religious route to wriggle out of tight political situations.
Besides the Moga incident, the government has been at the receiving end over wheat procurement. The image of the SAD had also taken a beating on the drugs issue when the Enforcement Directorate questioned.
Some Akali leaders over their links with the drug mafia.
The government is hoping that the showcasing, the yatra of the relics will help the Akalis in recovering some lost ground. So, it has asked all its MLAs and other leaders to remain present in their respective assembly segments for receiving the yatra and also move along with it.