Mohali (SAS Nagar), January 26 Asserting that the secular foundations of India’s Constitution would continue to stand firm, with the blessings of the Akal Purkh, for all time to come, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday vowed to protect one and all, irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
The Chief Minister declared that the nation’s unity was inviolable, notwithstanding the discordant voices being raised in the current scenario. Pointing out that the resolution passed by the Punjab Assembly (on CAA) was there for all to see, the Chief Minister made it clear that the state would not allow the country’s secular fabric to be destroyed at any cost.
Greeting the people of Punjab on the 71st Republic Day, the Chief Minister said “secularism was the message of our Guru, whose philosophy of ‘Na koyi Hindu, Na koyi Musalaman, Sab Rab ke bande’ is imbued in our consciousness.”
On the occasion, Captain Amarinder unfurled the tricolor and also took the salute at a colourful parade, followed by a cultural extravaganza by school children. For the first time this year, the Republic Day celebration in the state witnessed an inspiring display by the Special Operations Group (SOG), constituted by the Chief Minister as an elite, specially trained force to combat terrorism, infiltration, hijacking and other sensitive threat situations.
Amarinder said in his speech, was blessed by the historic opening of Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate ‘Khule Darshan Didar’ of the revered gurdwara that was touched by the first Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji’s presence. The state was also honoured to be celebrating the 550th Birth Anniversary Year of Guru Nanak Dev ji, the 399th Birth Anniversary of Guru Teg Bahadur ji, the 100th Birth Anniversary of Acharya Shri Mahapragya – the 10th head of Svetambar Terapanth order of Jainism, the 750th Birth Anniversary of Bhagat Namdev ji and the 350th Birth Anniversary of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, he said.