Modi at­tacks Con­gress over Kartarpur

BJP says gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing jus­tice to anti-sikh riot vic­tims and asks why Kartarpur Sahib gur­d­wara was al­lowed to go to Pak­istan dur­ing par­ti­tion when it was close to the bor­der

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NEW DELHI: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day said the BJP gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing jus­tice to the 1984 an­ti­sikh riot vic­tims and asked why the Kartarpur Sahib gur­d­wara was al­lowed to go to Pak­istan dur­ing par­ti­tion when it was close to the bor­der.

Ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing after re­leas­ing a Rs 350 com­mem­o­ra­tive coin to mark the birth an­niver­sary of Guru Gobind Singh here, Modi said his gov­ern­ment was pledged to fa­cil­i­tate the smooth en­try of Sikhs to Kartarpur Sahib gur­d­wara in Pak­istan through the Kartarpur cor­ri­dor.

“The gur­d­wara was just a few kilo­me­tres away but it was not brought in In­dia. Build­ing the Kartarpur cor­ri­dor is an hon­est at­tempt to rec­om­pense that loss. It is an act of re­pen­tance for the mis­take that hap­pened in Au­gust 1947,” he said.

The Prime Min­is­ter also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gov­ern­ment would en­sure that jus­tice was pro­vided to “all sis­ters and moth­ers” who were vic­tims of the 1984 anti-sikh ri­ots that fol­lowed the as­sas­si­na­tion of then Prime Min­is­ter Indira Gandhi.

“The cen­tral gov­ern­ment is work­ing to pro­vide jus­tice to those who have been sub­jected to in­jus­tice since 1984,” he said.

Modi also said that his gov­ern­ment had asked all In­dian em­bassies to cel­e­brate the 352nd ‘Prakash Ut­sav’ of Guru Gobind Singh.

Call­ing Guru Gobind Singh a “mul­ti­tal­ented per­son­al­ity,” Modi said the Sikh master was not just a war­rior but a poet AND LIT­ER­ARY IGURE WHOSE VAL­UES COULD be found in the foun­da­tion of new In­dia.

Call­ing the op­po­si­tion al­liance “op­por­tunist”, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day ac­cused the par­ties com­ing to­gether ahead of the Lok Sabha polls of prac­tic­ing neg­a­tive pol­i­tics for their own ex­is­tence and said the BJP was not in pol­i­tics for “di­vide and rule” or build­ing vote banks.

The Prime Min­is­ter’s at­tack come dur­ing his in­ter­ac­tion with booth level BJP work­ers from May­i­laduthu­rai, Per­am­balur, Si­va­ganga, Theni and Virud­hu­na­gar in Tamil Nadu through video con­fer­ence.

“Un­like other par­ties, we are not in pol­i­tics for di­vide and rule or build­ing vote banks. We are here to serve the coun­try in ev­ery pos­si­ble way. The up­com­ing polls are very im­por­tant for BJP and the coun­try,” he said.

“On one hand, we have our de­vel­op­ment agenda and the vi­sion of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ while on the other hand there are op­por­tunist al­liances and dy­nas­tic par­ties. They want to build their own em­pires while we want to em­power the peo­ple,” he added.

Modi said that suc­cess of his gov­ern­ment had upset the op­po­si­tion lead­ers and that was the rea­son they were busy in neg­a­tive pol­i­tics.

“They are abus­ing Modi and the BJP but they should not un­der­es­ti­mate the peo­ple. Our friends in op­po­si­tion are any­way a con­fused lot. They leave no op­por­tu­nity to say that Modi is bad, gov­ern­ment is not work­ing, peo­ple dis­LIKE THE BJP, YET THE IRST THING THEY do is form op­por­tunist al­liances with par­ties they dis­liked till re­cently and still do per­haps,” he said in a ap­par­ent jibe at the com­ing to­gether of SP and BSP in Ut­tar Pradesh.

He asked if Modi was so bad and that his gov­ern­ment was not work­ing, why were they mak­ing al­liances.

“SHOULD YOU NOT BE CONIDANT OF Your­self? The truth is that they know this gov­ern­ment is a work­ing gov­ern­ment. They know the poor, youth, women and farm­ers have a strong bond­ing with BJP. Just for their own ex­is­tence, they are mak­ing short term al­liance,” he said.

EX­PRESS­ING CONIDENCE THAT HIS PARTY would do well in the Lok Sabha elec­tions, he urged the work­ers to keep reach­ing out to dif­fer­ent sec­tions of so­ci­ety.

Agence France-presse

A young Sikh demon­strates his ‘Gatka’ tra­di­tional mar­tial art skills dur­ing the ‘Na­gar Kir­tan’ pro­ces­sion ahead of the birth an­niver­sary of the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh in Am­rit­sar on Fri­day.

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