Tribune press service
Mohali, October 10
It was not a big Punjabi wedding per se, however, it was the wedding of the eldest son of the Chief Minister of the Punjab. An event in itself, as any Punjabi would vouch.
Residents suffer for four hours
Although it was billed as a mere function, residents around the gurdwara had to deal with inconvenience for nearly four hours as travel was limited near the wedding venue. Traffic was restricted near the gurdwara for a short time as the cavalcade of politicians marched towards the venue.
This is how Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi celebrated the discreet “Anand Karaj” of his son Navjit Singh and wife Simrandheer Kaur in a highly publicized atmosphere.
Being on a Sunday, and in anticipation of something big, there was a buzz around gurdwara Sacha Dhan Sahib in phase 3B1 from early in the morning.
The commotion grew around 10:30 a.m. when Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, dressed in a pink turban and tie, drove the groom and his family in a flower-adorned SUV outside of gurdwara. Navjit Singh, dressed in the colors of Gulanari, and the family got out of the vehicle to the sound of the marching band and walked inside the gurdwara. Bride Simrandheer Kaur completed the color coordination with a Gulanari lehnga as the couple sat down to solemnize the “Anand Karaj” inside.
Eyewitnesses said the family of the Punjab’s chief minister took langar while sitting on the floor with members of the wedding party. Later, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh and actor Gurpreet Ghuggi, among others, congratulated the family for filling the office with “maryada”.
The newlywed couple only left the scene after visitors left around 1:30 p.m., followed by Chief Minister Channi and his extended family in an SUV ride. The newlywed couple will host a reception at a resort on Monday evening in Kharar.
Sources said Channi viewed the newly married daughter-in-law as a lucky mascot for him as he ascended the chief minister’s throne just days before the wedding. Navjit is an engineer, while Simrandheer has completed his engineering and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA). The bride’s family belong to the village of Amlala near Dera Bassi and her father is appointed director at Kendriya Vidyalaya in Patiala. His brothers Balkar Singh and Satnam Singh live in Amlala. Channi would have returned the “shagun” and the gifts brought by the guests.