Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday accorded ministerial rank to the widow of former chief of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandak Committee (SGPC) jathedar Jagdev Singh Talwandi, who died recently.
Addressing gathering at Tahliana Sahib gurdwara on the ‘bhog’ ceremony of the deceased, Badal said the state government would soon issue a notification for providing all facilities given to a minister of the Punjab government to Mohinder Kaur, wife of Talwandi.
Badal said it was nothing but a humble tribute to the legendary leader who had served the state and the panth throughout his life. Badal said a befitting memorial in the memory of the deceased leader would also be erected after due consultation with the members of the bereaved family.
Badal said: “Due to the demise of jathedar Talwandi, Punjab has lost its great leader who had served the state and its people in various capacities.”
He said probably Talwandi was the only political leader who had served the state socially, politically and even religiously by being the president of the SAD and SGPC, besides being a member of Parliament (MP) and MLA of the state assembly.
Recalling the outstanding services rendered by Talwandi during the landmark agitations suchas Punjabi Suba, Emergency, Dharam Yudh and others, Badal said Talwandi was a fearless leader who never compromised with the interests of the state.
Paying floral tributes to the deceased, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said SAD was not an ordinary party but it had a glorious saga of supreme sacrifices made by its leaders and workers, adding that the life and history of jathedar Talwandi was a “one of the golden pages” of this saga.
Sukhbir said in order to showcase the glorious history of SAD and its leaders, a documentary film would be made by the party soon.