Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was on Friday greeted with slogans of ‘Rajnath Singh Go back’ and ‘Stop discrimination against Sikhs’, while addressing the 350th foundation day of Sri Anandpur Sahib.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) activists shouted slogans against the Union Minister as soon as the leader stood up to address the function marking the 350th foundation day celebrations of this holy city.
The function was disrupted for a while and police rounded up about 35 persons while many others went out raising the slogans.
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The protesters demanded the release of Sikh prisoners lodged in various jails of the country, citing that they had completed their sentences.
Sensing that the situation may turn ugly, Punjab Education Minister Daljeet Singh Cheema, who was managing the stage, asked the crowd to raise ‘Jaikaras’ to drown the protesting slogans.
Singh, however, did not react to the slogans.
Earlier today, the Home Minister along with BJP President Amit Shah paid obeisance at Takht Kesgarh Sahib.
The organizers of the 350th foundation day of Sri Anandpur Sahib faced embarrassment when Shankracharya Swami Nishchla Nand Saraswati of Puri Peeth Ujjain walked out of the function when he was not given a proper seat at the dais.
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Punjab Industries Minister and BJP leader Madan Mohan Mittal tried to pacify the Shankracharya who remained adamant and left the venue.
Punjab Revenue and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia was conspicuous by his absence in the function.
Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Chattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon were presented a robe of honour by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
Akal Takht (supreme temporal seat of the Sikhs) Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and high priests (jathedars) of other four Sikh Takhts, SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee President Manjit Singh GK were the other dignitaries present.