Man­mo­han by side, PM f lays Cong over ‘the 1947 mis­takes’

Mail Today - - NEWS - By Tanushree Pandey in New Delhi

PRIME Min­is­ter Modi on Sun­day un­leashed a veiled at­tack on the Congress party for its “in­abil­ity” to bring Kar­tarpur Sahib cor­ri­dor un­der In­dia dur­ing the Par­ti­tion. PM Modi re­leased a com­mem­o­ra­tive coin on Sun­day to mark the birth an­niver­sary of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh Guru. For­mer Prime Min­is­ter Dr Man­mo­han Singh and other Sikh dig­ni­taries at­tended the event at PM Modi's res­i­dence.

With Dr Singh in the au­di­ence, PM Modi lam­basted the Congress on mul­ti­ple fronts and said, “The Sikh gu­rus have taught us to be on the side of jus­tice. The cen­tral gov­ern­ment is try­ing to get jus­tice for the peo­ple who suf­fered dur­ing the 1984 anti-Sikh ri­ots.”

Sikhs have re­garded the con­vic­tion of for­mer Congress leader Sajjan Ku­mar in the 1984 anti-Sikh ri­ots as a case of de­layed jus­tice. Some 3,000 Sikhs were killed in New Delhi af­ter the then Prime Min­is­ter Indira Gandhi was as­sas­si­nated by her Sikh body­guards on Oc­to­ber 31, 1984.

The Prime Min­is­ter also flagged the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor as an achieve­ment of his gov­ern­ment, say­ing that now the fol­low­ers of Guru Nanakji will not have to look through a te­le­scope for dar­shan (view) of Gur­d­wara Dar­bar Sahib, one of the holi­est Sikh shrines, where Guru Nanak Dev spent 18 years of his life.

Claim­ing that the “mis­take” of 1947 has been rec­ti­fied, PM Modi said that the “most sig­nif­i­cant Sikh shrine” was “just a few kilo­me­tre away but even then it was ig­nored”, and as an act of “atone­ment”, the cen­tral gov­ern­ment is help­ing build the road link to Kar­tarpur.

Pak­istan has ex­pressed hopes that the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor will lead to bi­lat­eral talks, but In­dia has been firm against it.

For­eign min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj said, “A di­a­logue be­tween the two na­tions is not con­nected with only the Kar­tarpur cor­ri­dor. The mo­ment Pak­istan stops ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in In­dia, the di­a­logue can start.” In De­cem­ber, while cam­paign­ing for the Assem­bly elec­tions in Ra­jasthan, PM Modi had said “cor­rect­ing the Congress' mis­takes was his des­tiny”. The Prime Min­is­ter also al­leged that the then Congress lead­ers had “no idea about the im­por­tance of Guru Nanak Dev and showed no re­spect for sen­ti­ment of Sikhs”.

The Prime Min­is­ter on Sun­day also de­scribed Guru Gobind Singh as a war­rior and a poet and said his gov­ern­ment now plans to cel­e­brate the 550th birth an­niver­sary of Guru Nanak across the coun­try. “Not only events will be held in the states, In­dian em­bassies abroad will also or­gan­ise pro­grammes as part of the cel­e­bra­tions,” he said. In­dia To­day

The PM de­scribed Guru Gobind Singh as a war­rior and said that his gov­ern­ment now plans to cel­e­brate the 550th birth an­niver­sary of Guru Nanak across the coun­try.

PTI

PM Modi re­leases a coin to mark the birth an­niver­sary of Guru Gobind Singh, with ex-PM Man­mo­han Singh.

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