Updated: September 22, 2021 9:56:02 pm
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi Wednesday said his government follow the ‘raj dharma’. ensure that every caste and religion is respected, communal harmony is maintained in the state and that justice is delivered in the 2015 sacrilege cases.
On his first visit to Amritsar after becoming CM, Channi paid obeisance at the Golden Temple. He was accompanied by his deputies Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and O P Soni as well as state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. Local MP Gurjeet Singh Aujla, MLAs Dr Raj Kumar Verka and Sukhwinder Singh Danny were also present.
Addressing reporters after visiting the Golden Temple, Channi said he came here to seek blessings of the ‘Guru Sahib’.
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“Today I have come to seek blessings of the Guru Sahib. I will say only one thing that raj dharam de anusar chaluga (I will rule as per the raj dharma). Every religion will be respected. Every caste will be respected. Mutual respect and love in state will be promoted and maintained,” he said.
Referring to the incidents of desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in Faridkot, he said , “Justice will be delivered in the sacrilege cases.”
Sidhu said politics had deviated from issues “but our chief minister will bring back the to the issues”.
“If we cannot resolve issues of the people then we are not true Sikhs because religion is about feeding the hungry, making happy those who are crying and giving shelter to those who have none,” he said.
Heaping praise on the CM, Sidhu said, “Today I am very happy as what I experienced in the company of this humble chief minister (Channi) in the last two days, I have never felt so in the last 17 years of political life. There is a feeling now that Congress can serve the people without any fear.”
He said, “We will honour the merit and dharam di jaikar hovegi. Truth will be victorious, every Congress worker will fight for truth then only there will be justice in the court of people.”
Earlier, Channi reached the Golden Temple at around 4.45 am and remained there till 7 am. He also participated in the morning ceremony to install the Guru Granth Sahib. On reaching, he performed the ‘parikrama’ before offering prayers at Sri Darbar Sahib and Sri Akal Takht Sahib. He also performed the sewa of holy ‘Palki Sahib’ and listened to Gurbani Kirtan, took part in Ardas, offered Deg and Rumala Sahib, and listened to the Hukamnama.
Channi and other dignitaries were felicitated with ‘siropa’ (robe of honour) by SGPC general secretary Bhagwant Singh Sialka and manager, Sri Darbar Sahib, Gurinder Singh.
Later, the CM also offered prayers at Sri Durgiana Mandir and Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal. He also visited the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial to pay tribute.
Channi, his deputies and Sidhu also visited a famous tea stall in the city where they exchanged pleasantries with locals and enjoyed a cup of tea with ‘kachoris’ and bread butter.
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