Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has sought a special train from Ghuman to Takht Sri Hazur Sahib in Nanded, Maharashtra, from railway minister Suresh Prabhu when he met the latter in this Gurdaspur village on Sunday.
Sukhbir, railway minister Prabhu and Maharastra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis were in Ghuman to pay homage to Bhakti Saint Baba Namdev during the three-day 88th AllIndia Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (ABMSS) that concluded on Sunday.
“This event has been a step towards strengthening of national integration. I request the railway minister to cement this bond by starting a special train from Ghuman to Takht Sri Hazur Sahib,” Sukhbir said.
Reiterating the shared history of Maharasthra and Punjab, Sukhbir said the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, breathed his last at Takht Sri Hazur Sahib (Nanded) in Maharashtra.
“The launch of the train will give a boost to religious and cultural tourism between the two states and help fulfill many a religious desires of both the Sikhs and Marathas. I also invite the organisers to make this literary event an annual affair,” he added. In his address, the Maharashtra CM said, “The Punjab government has set an example by holding this event and we invite Punjab to hold a Punjabi Sammelan in Maharashtra. The Maharashtra government will establish a chair in the name of 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, at Swami Ramanand Tirath Marathwara University, Nanded. Such events can help generate a new field of religious tourism.”
Sukhbir later added that he welcomed both the announcements by Fadnavis.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu described Punjab as a land of freedom heroes, martyrs and the food bowl of the country.
“In spite of having just 2% of the population, Punjab has been feeding the country. It is matter of great pride that Punjab is not the land of Marathas but its organisation of such a mammoth congregation is commendable” added Prabhu.
Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawade; former governor, General JJ Singh; president, organising committee, Bharat Desadla; president 88th Sahit Sammellan Sadanand More and Sanjay Nahar of Sarhad Foundation also addressed the crowd.