Istri Akali Dal to initiate ‘550 Saal Sehal Path De Naal’ programme.
Chandigarh – Istri Akali Dal on Tuesday announced a ‘sehaj path programme termed ‘550 saalsehajpath de naal” to mark the forthcoming 550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev in 2020 during the course of which the Istri Dalwill conduct statewide recitation of Guru Granth Sahib to propagate the mesSage of the first Guru. Disclosing this here on Tuesday after a meeting of the women’s wing at the party headquarters here, Istri Akali Dal president Bibi Jagir Kaur said initially 550 Sehaj paath will be started at different parts in Punjab by women leaders. She said these will culminate in a joint bhogon December 25 at Fatehgarh Sahib on occasion of martyrdom day of Mata Gujri and Chotta Sahibazadas. She said, “Gurmat Samagams would also be organised in each district to reach out to the sangat and reaffirm our commitment to the ideals of Guru Nanak Dev.” Stating that the Istri Akali Dal was also associating dharma parcharaks with this religious activity, Bibi Jagir Kaur said a special effort would be made to spread awareness about the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev amongst the youth. She asked the district presidents to hold awareness meetings for women members also to motivate women to give dharmik Sanskar to their children.“We will also distribute ‘sainchee Sahib’ to all desirous of the same through the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC)”, she added. The meeting, which was attended by 250 members including district presidents and senior leaders including former minister Satwant Kaur Sandhu and former MLA Harpreet Kaur Mukhmailpur, also took note of the atmosphere of repression let loose in the state which started with the killing of senior Akali leader Gurbachan Singh Khalsa in Gurdaspurandis continuing relentlessly with even scions of Akali leaders being targeted in a planned manner. The Istri wing leaders also briefed her that sarpanches and panches as well as councilors were threatened during the Gurdaspur by poll and that due to this a large number of women also kept away from voting booths fearing violence. She said it was unfortunate that an elected government had lost faith in its people so soon after winning a state election.
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