Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Punjab on March 23

  • HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh/Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2015 10:54 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Khatkar Kalan, the native village of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, in Nawanshahr district on March 23, on the latter’s 85th martyrdom day. Modi will also visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar the same day.

Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal informed the Punjab assembly about this while concluding the debate on the governor’s address on Tuesday.

Badal broke this news as some members from the opposition raised the issue that Modi had not paid obeisance at the Golden Temple despite having visited Punjab on three to four occasions in the recent past.

This will be Modi’s first visit to Amritsar after becoming the Prime Minister. He had last visited the holy city during the Lok Sabha elections to address a rally in favour of BJP candidate Arun Jaitley, who eventually lost to former CM Capt Amarinder Singh.

Confirming the visit, deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said, “The PM will land at Amritsar in the morning and will straightaway head towards Khatkar Kalan. On his return to the city, the PM will pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir, besides visiting the Jallianwala Bagh.”

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