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Free pilgrimage for Sikh devotees to Pakistan shrines if voted back to power, says Parkash Singh Badal

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiaya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government in Punjab would make all efforts to ensure free pilgrimage for Sikh devotees to Nankana Sahib and Panja Sahib in Pakistan if voted back to power.

punjab Updated: Dec 19, 2016 11:07 IST
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Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal releasing a Rs 10­crore cheque to International Centre for Sikh Studies at a function organised to commemorate the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh in New Delhi on Sunday.(HT Photo)

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiaya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) government in Punjab would make all efforts to ensure free pilgrimage for Sikh devotees to Nankana Sahib and Panja Sahib in Pakistan if voted back to power.

Addressing a gathering at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in Delhi after a multimedia programme on the life of Guru Gobind Singh in commemoration of his 350th Parkash Utsav, Badal said the state government wanted people of all faiths from the state to have an opportunity to pay obeisance at Nanded Sahib, Varanasi, Mata Vaishno Devi, Ajmer Sharif, Salasar under the Mukh Mantri Tirath Yatra Scheme.

He said under this scheme, the state government was organising free trains and bus service besides other facilities for pilgrims. Badal asked the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to run special buses from Delhi to Amritsar to help devotees visit the Golden Temple and the world-class heritage street there.

He also urged the DSGMC to ensure smooth and hassle-free pilgrimage for the devotees to pay obeisance at the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh at Patna Sahib on the historic occasion in the first week of January. Badal said such initiatives were possible only if the pro-panthic and pro-people government like SAD-BJP alliance was in power in the state.

He said the Sikh community in Punjab, other parts of the country and abroad had made remarkable progress in every sphere of life.