Delhi CM Kejriwal prays for peace at Golden Temple in Amritsar

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Oct 24, 2015 23:40 IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at Golden temple, Amritsar on Saturday (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Feeling concerned over the prevailing scenario in Punjab, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal arrived at Golden Temple to pray for peace before heading towards Kotkapura. While at Golden Temple, he said that the unrest in Punjab was a cause of worry and the Punjab government needed to handle things immediately.

Upset with the incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, Kejriwal after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple said, “The recent incidents in Punjab were very painful. Thereafter firing on peaceful protesters that led to killing of two persons has created a complete unrest in Punjab. It is high time that the government must immediately ensure peace.”

“This (Golden Temple) is a very holy place and it is said that all the prayers get fulfilled here. This is the reason I have come here to pray for the peace of Punjab”, said the Delhi chief minister.

Kejriwal, who later went to meet the families of those who lost their lives during police firing in Faridkot agitation, said, “The Punjab government must immediately arrest and punish the culprits behind the sacrilege incidents.”

On being asked if the government had arrested the right people, Kejriwal said, “It is for the government to see whether they have arrested right or wrong people.”

Meanwhile, he condemned the police action saying that it was wrong to use force against the protesting people.

No political talk

Kejriwal opted to stay mum on political queries and plans of his party in Punjab saying that he would not talk anything political in the shrine.

“Golden Temple is a very holy place and I will not do any political talk over here,” he said.

SGPC Honours Kejriwal

Meanwhile, the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) honoured the Delhi CM as soon as he reached the shrine.

Kejriwal was honoured by Golden Temple manager Partap Singh and others in the information office. Other senior AAP leaders, including Punjab convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, MP Bhagwant Mann, Sanjay Singh and H.S. Phoolka, also accompanied Kejriwal.

Although, the SGPC offered Kejriwal to enter sanctum sanctorum through the special passage but he opted to go from the place where common devotees enter.

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