Rajmata’s ashes immersed in Sutlej; Sonia recalls her grace, patriotism
Amarinder led the family for Ardaas before the immersion and later offered prayers at the gurdwara, before partaking langar.punjab Updated: Jul 27, 2017 19:57 IST
Ashes of Rajmata Mohinder Kaur, mother of chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, were immersed in the Sutlej at Gurdwara Patalpuri Sahib in Kiratpur Sahib, Rupnagar, on Thursday afternoon amid chanting of religious hymns and prayers.
Amarinder and his family members brought the urn containing the ashes to Kiratpur Sahib from Shahi Samadhan in Patiala and performed the immersion ceremony at Asth Ghat in the gurdwara. Amarinder’s brother Malwinder Singh, son Raninder Singh,son-in-law Gurpal Singh, grandsons Nirvan Singh and Yadhuinder Singh, besides Harshdeep Singh Dhillon, son of Amarinder’s younger sister, joined him.
The CM then offered prayers at the gurdwara before partaking of langar.
Assembly speaker Rana KP Singh, ministers Brahm Mahindra, Rana Gurjit Singh, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, MLAs Balbir Singh Sidhu, Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Vijay Inder Singla, Raj Kumar Verka and Kuljit Nagra; deputy commissioner Gurneet Kaur Tej, and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu, were among those present.
Earlier, Congressmen gathered at Rupnagar and Morinda to pay tributes to Mohinder Kaur when her ashes were being taken to Kiratpur Sahib from Patiala in a cavalcade. After the immersion, Amarinder and his family stayed for some time at the canal rest house in Rupnagar before returning to Patiala.
Meanwhile, Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed grief at the passing of Mohinder Kaur, recalling her contribution to the party and the country, as well as her patriotism. In a condolence letter to Amarinder, Sonia described her as a woman who lived her life with utmost grace and dignity, and a strong sense of service to the Congress party and the nation.
“In her years as a member of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, she demonstrated unshakeable patriotism, as well as her commitment to furthering education, and through that the values of good citizenship,” Sonia wrote, adding that she was admired and respected across the political spectrum.