Punjab

In view of the solemn observation of the Martyrdoms of the Char Sahibzadas, postpone the Panchayat elections in Punjab, forthwith: Bir Devinder Singh

Punjab News Express | December 06, 2018 11:09 AM

PATIALA: Punjab government should not hold Panchayat elections in Punjab in the last week of December 2018 in view of the solemn observation of the Martyrdoms of the Char Sahibzadas (Four Sons) of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and Mata Gujri Ji. Millions of Sikh devotees visits Fatehgarh Sahib (Sirhind) and Chamkaur Sahib in District Ropar, to pay their obeisance to the great Martyrs. 

This week is observed by the Sikh community with deep deference as ‘Shaheedi Hafta’ in a highly temperate manner, which require unpolluted atmosphere. If Panchayat Elections are conducted in this particular week, it would certainly contaminate the entire atmosphere. Free distribution of liquor and intoxicants by the contesting candidates is bound to vitiate the ambience and sobriety of the   solemn observance of the Martyrdoms of the Char Sahibzadas . The entire rural Punjab shall be in the grip of extreme tension because of procrastination,  pulls and pressures  applied by  the diverse  influences having  allegiance to political parties .

The Chief Minister Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh and Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Mr. Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, both Sikhs themselves ,  should have thought through the significance of this period ‘Shaheedi Hafta’  in the revealing history of the Sikhs. I wonder how the Martyrdoms of the Char Sahibzadas (Four Sons) of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and Mata Gujri Ji slipped out of their mind while deciding the dates for the Panchayat elections in Punjab.

 I am afraid that this kind of vitiated environment in the State’s Panchayat elections would certainly destroy the sacrosactity of the sacred week. In the light of the above I would beseech the Government of Punjab to have some respect for the sentiments of the Sikh community and also look upon the magnificence of the supreme sacrifices made by two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh and hence postpone the Panchayat elections in Punjab, forthwith.

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