Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today decided to hold a state level function in observance of 300th Martyrdom day of legendary Sikh warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at Chappar Chiri in SAS Nagar (Mohali) on June 26. Presiding over a high level meeting to commemorate the 300th Martyrdom day of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur here, Badal constituted a high level committee under the chairmanship of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Sohan Singh Thandal to oversee all arrangements regarding the commemoration of this event in the state, where several functions were being organized on the occasion.
It was also decided in the meeting to organize laser shows at the historic Aam Khas Bagh at Sirhind to depict the life and philosophy of Sikh warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur in order to apprise people about his contribution in the abolition of Jagirdari system from the control of Mughals, who made the tillers and cultivators, the actual owners of the land and issued coins and seals in the name of Guru Nanak Dev and Guru Gobind Singh.
Baba Banda Singh Bahadur was the first one to establish ‘Khalsa Raj’ in 1710. Taking part in the deliberation, the Chief Minister informed that he would personally extend invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to preside over a function with regard to this tercentenary commemoration of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur’s martyrdom at New Delhi, where he was martyred in 1716.
Badal authorised the high level committee to take all decisions related to the commemoration of this historic event. He also said that the state government has already earmarked a sum of Rs 25 crore for commemoration of this in a befitting manner. PTI
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