Thousands of devotees thronged gurdwara Katalgarh Sahib and other historic gurdwaras at Chamkaur Sahib to pay obeisance on the second day of the annual Shaheedi Jor Mela being organised in the memory of two elder sahibzadas (sons) of Guru Gobind Singh and other Sikhs, who attained martyrdom while fighting the Mughals in 1704.
The Shiormani Akali Dal (SAD) held a political conference on the Shiormani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) stage in the diwan hall while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) organised its conference on the Sandhuan road.
Although the Congress did not hold a conference, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader and local MLA Charanjit Singh Channi organised a “paath” at his office, “bhog” of which was held on Tuesday.
Talking to the media Channi accused the SAD-BJP government of neglecting the Chamkaur Sahib constituency. He said the government stalled the theme park project which was started by the then Congress government led by Capt Amarinder Singh. The roads in the constituency are in a bad shape and the Parkash Singh Badal government had not released development funds for Chamkaur Sahib in the past nine years, added Channi.
The thinly-attended conference of the SAD was addressed among others by SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, Anandpur Sahib MP Prem Singh Chandumajra and education minister Daljit Singh Cheema. The SAD leaders refrained from attacking the opposition parties, but said some divisive forces were trying to harm important institutions of the Sikhs and urged the community to beware of their nefarious designs.
Talking to the media, Chandumajra said Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh’s desire for an alliance with other parties for the 2017 assembly elections was a sign of weakness.
Addressing an impressive rally, AAP leader Durgesh Pathak, party’s Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann and party spokesman and legal cell head Himmat Singh Shergill lashed out at the SAD-BJP alliance and the Congress saying they had failed the people of the state. Chhotepur said Punjab was in deep financial crisis and industries were leaving of the state.