Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal met Akali MLAs and SGPC members Thursday and instructed them to hold Akhand Path in their constituencies, preferably beginning Friday to culminate on Sunday, and ensure maximum public participation in the ceremony.
The dates coincide with the bhog ceremonies for the two men killed in police firing on protesters in village Behbal Kalan of Faridkot last week.That too is scheduled for Sunday.
The deputy chief minister, who is also the Home Minister, has directed the Akali leaders to to be more visible and make more contact with their constituents.
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With protests targeting the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, its politicians and elected representatives have been lying low.
Protesters had even broken vehicles of SGPC members at Ferozeopur and Moga in the past one week, while one SGPC member was turned out of Gurudwara Guru Ki Dhab in Faridkot.
Preparations have begun in some constituencies for the path to begin on Friday. At Maur constituency, Cabinet Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon will be organising path tomorrow. In Ludhiana and Bathinda, the bhog ceremony is tomorrow.
Sikh organisations, meanwhile, are seeking mass participation in the bhog ceremony of Gurjeet Singh and Krishan Bhagwan Singh who were killed in police firing on October 14.