Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been repeatedly credited by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for the idea of the corridor, arrivesGurdwara Kartarpur Sahib On Saturday, three days after the corridor was reopened. Sidhu was left out of the ‘jatha’ led by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Channi, who visited the gurdwara on the day of its reopening on November 18.
The cricketer-turned-politician had on Thursday shared a video, recalling his visits to Pakistan, including the shrine, and uploaded an hour-long sequence of his visits to various places in the neighboring country. Clippings included. He named it ‘The Kartarpur Story’.
In a tweet, Sidhu said that the teachings of Guru Nanak are the centrifugal force of Sikhism. On Friday, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Sidhu reached Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala.
After the reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor after a hiatus of 20 months due to COVID-19, Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan government praised Sidhu’s role in opening up the Sikh pilgrimage route between the two countries. Sidhu was mentioned on the website kartarpurcorridor.com which said that the idea of the corridor was shared by Khan with Sidhu.
On Thursday, Channi and some of his cabinet ministers offered prayers as they traveled through the visa-free Kartarpur corridor at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. “I am very happy to be here. I have received immense love from Punjabis, Pakistanis and Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee and I am deeply indebted for it.”
Several pilgrims traveled through the Kartarpur corridor on Wednesday and others planned to offer prayers at the historic Sikh temple in Pakistan.
The Kartarpur Corridor connects Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, with the Dera Baba Nanak Temple in Gurdaspur district. Guru Parv, which is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, will be celebrated on November 19.
Meanwhile, in another development, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has postponed his visit to Punjab till November 22. Kejriwal was to visit Moga in Punjab on Saturday.
“The ‘Mission Punjab’ tour of AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, which was scheduled to begin from Moga, has been postponed to November 22,” a party release said.
AAP will organize ‘Shri Sukhmani Sahib Path’ on November 20 at all district headquarters in the state in view of the Center’s announcement of repeal of agricultural laws.