Capt Amarinder Singh is a man who wears many hats – political leader, chief minister, maharaja of an ancient royal estate, author, military historian. On Wednesday, he will don a different hat – that of a chef – as he prepares to cook a feast fit for the Olympians.
The Chief Minister of Punjab, as he hosted the Tokyo Olympic medalists from the Punjab, had promised to cook for them. On Wednesday, he will welcome them to his farm – Mohinder Bagh – in Mohali.
From Patiala’s cuisine to pulao, lamb, chicken, aloo and Zarda rice, CM @capt_amarinder will cook each of these delicacies himself to keep his promise to the Punjab Olympic medalists (and Neeraj Chopra) at the dinner he is organizing for them tomorrow !, ”CM media advisor Raveen Thukral said in a tweet.
State Congressman Navjot Singh Sidhu is not a guest, but close associate of cricketer-turned politician and general secretary in charge of the PPCC, Pargat Singh, a former Olympic hockey athlete, was invited for dinner.
Amid the ongoing factional warfare in Congress, Amarinder met with MPs at his residence and tried to get all those who rebelled against him to his side. Pargat Singh’s presence, if he chooses to attend the dinner, will also send a political message.
Over dinner, Thukral said, “It’s a promise he keeps. He will spend a lot of time cooking. There will be recipes from the old traditional cookbook of the royal family Patiala.
Around 30 to 40 Olympians from Punjab and Olympic gold medalist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra are expected to be in attendance for the dinner.
The CM, who also has a green thumb, is known for providing a culinary treat to his friends. Members of the Rajya Sabha, Partap Singh Bajwa, often recall that “Dal-Bukhara” Amarinder used to cook for him during his first stint as CM from 2002 to 2007.
Amarinder’s promise to Punjab players had come to the state level to honor them on August 12.
Pointing to Kamalpreet Kaur – the first Indian woman to cross the 65m barrier in the discus throw – the CM had said in a lighter vein that her sports minister had told her she liked good food. Then he told the 11 members of the Indian bronze medalist men’s hockey team, including captain Manpreet Singh:. Give me all a date and time, I will personally cook food in honor of what each player accomplished at the Tokyo Olympics. It will be a momentous occasion for me and for all of you… whatever we can do for you, we will do it ”, declared the Chief Minister.
While members of the Punjab hockey team received a cash reward of Rs 2.51 crore each, Neeraj Chopra had missed the function due to a high fever. All players also received 25 kg of almonds each in addition to the cash prizes.
“It’s a great honor for us. Winning the bronze medal and becoming captain of the Indian hockey team at the Tokyo Olympics has been like a dream for all of us and to see the State CM inviting every player to a dinner cooked by him in our honor is the one of the biggest rewards for everyone. player, ”Manpreet Singh said earlier.
(With contributions from Nitin Sharma)