New Delhi: All the schools and colleges and government institutions will remain closed on September 10 on the occasion of ‘First Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji’ (installation of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji in Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1604). For the first time, the Punjab government has declared a public holiday.
Chief Minister’s Office spokesperson on Saturday, said, “On the directive of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the Punjab government has declared a gazetted public holiday on the auspicious occasion of ‘First Parkash Purab of Guru Granth Sahib’ (installation of Guru Granth Sahib in Sri Harmandir Sahib in 1604) on September 10 (Monday)”.
This holiday was earlier included in the state’s list of restricted holidays. The Sikhs consider Guru Granth Sahib as an eternal living guru.
Meanwhile, the Congress-led Opposition has called for a nationwide shutdown on Monday against the Narendra Modi government’s alleged failure to check the spiraling fuel prices. The parties that have extended their support to the bandh call include RJD, MDMK, DMK, NCP, and the Samajwadi Party.
The Congress said it will observe the bandh between 9 am to 3 pm on Monday (September 10) so that the “common person is not inconvenienced”.
The fuel prices continued to spike on Sunday with petrol being sold at Rs 80.50 per litre in Delhi, 12 paise higher than Saturday’s price of Rs 80.38. The per litre price of diesel reached Rs 72.61 in the national capital. The prices for petrol and diesel in Mumbai were Rs 87.89 per litre and Rs 77.09 per litre respectively.
While several state governments have agreed to support the bandh called by the Congress, many others have refrained themselves from participating in the protests.