The Tribune – 300 pilgrims from Hazur Sahib on way back

The first batch of Sikh pilgrims stranded in Takht Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded, have started their journey to Panjab.

Tribune News Service

Amritsar – Panjab – India, 24 April 2020. It is learnt that due to the combined efforts of the Centre and state government, around 300 pilgrims, belonging to Punjab, have started their journey. Hailing mostly from the Majha region, they were unable to return due to cancellation of trains.

According to officials, 10 buses left Nanded for Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. They are expected to reach their destinations by Saturday evening.

Union Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal had approached Home Minister Amit Shah, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP leader Sharad Pawar, seeking their intervention for helping around 2,000 pilgrims, belonging to Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, who were stranded at Nanded since the lockdown was imposed.

Similarly, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh too spoke to Uddhav who assured all help in the matter.

Today, 10 buses were arranged to ferry 300 pilgrims while keeping social distancing factor in mind during the journey. Takht Jathedar Kulwant Singh saw them off by presenting them with siropas.

Taking to Twitter, Harsimrat wrote: “Delighted to see the efforts bearing fruit now. The first batch of pilgrims stranded in Sri Hazur Sahib, Nanded, has started its journey back home.

While wishing them all a safe journey, I sincerely thank Amit Shah, Uddhav Thackeray and Sharad Pawar for making it happen.”

Earlier, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal had also written to Amit Shah and the Punjab CM, requesting their intervention to ensure return of the pilgrims stranded at Nanded.

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News18.com – Gurdwara Body Chief alleges forceful expulsion of Sikhs from MP Villages, seeks Home Minister’s intervention

Alleging that Kamal Nath is patronising the violent protests against the Sikhs in some villages in Karhal Tehsil of Sheopur District. Sirsa, who is also spokesperson of BJP’s ally SAD, said in a statement that a DSGMC delegation will meet the affected families.

New Delhi – India, 01 January 2020. Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) chief Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Tuesday sought the intervention of Home Minister Amit Shah claiming that Sikhs are being forcibly expelled from some villages in Madhya Pradesh and demanded strong action against Chief Minister Kamal Nath.

Alleging that Kamal Nath is patronising the violent protests against the Sikhs in some villages in Karhal Tehsil of Sheopur district, Sirsa, who is also spokesperson of BJP’s ally SAD, said in a statement that a DSGMC delegation will meet the affected families.

The DSGMC demands immediate intervention from Home Minister Amit Shah in the matter and the Union government should act fast to protect lives and property of the Sikhs residing in these villages, Sirsa said.

Action should also be taken against CM Nath for “patronizing” these protests, he added.

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The Print – BJP to form govt in Haryana with JJP, Dushyant Chautala could be deputy CM

Incumbent CM Khattar said the two parties will meet the Governor in Chandigarh Saturday to stake the claim to form the government in state.

Chandigarh – Haryana – India, 25 October 2019. The BJP is set to return to power in Haryana after the Dushyant Chautala-led Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) extended support to the party late Friday night.

In a press conference in New Delhi, BJP president and Home Minister Amit Shah announced the alliance that will stake claim to power in the state Saturday.

“Accepting the mandate by the people of Haryana, leaders of both parties (BJP-JJP) have decided that BJP-JJP will form the government together, in Haryana. CM will be from BJP & Deputy CM will be from JJP,” Shah said. He was flanked by Chautala and Manohar Lal Khattar.

According to the coalition arrangement, the JJP has been offered the deputy chief minister’s post in the state. Khattar will return as CM.

“We will meet the Governor tomorrow in Chandigarh to stake the claim to form the govt in state,” Khattar said at the press conference.

Chautala said his party’s aim was to provide a stable government in Haryana. “To give a stable govt to Haryana it was important for BJP & JJP to come together. I would like to thank Amit Shahji and Naddaji. Our party had decided that for the betterment of the state it is important to have a stable government.”

The development comes a day after the Haryana assembly elections threw up a hung verdict with the BJP emerging as the single-largest party with 40 seats, six short of the majority. The Congress ended up with 31 seats while the JJP secured 10 constituencies in the 90-member assembly. The majority is 46.

The BJP had earlier contemplated cobbling together a coalition of Independents and smaller parties but faced flak after the controversial Haryana Lokhit Party chief Gopal Kanda offered his unconditional support. Kanda faces charges of abetment to suicide, forgery and fraud in the Geetika Sharma suicide case.

BJP to form govt in Haryana with JJP, Dushyant Chautala could be deputy CM