Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally in Rajasthan today accused that Kartarpur went to Pakistan due to lack of vision and sensitivity of the then Congress leaders.
Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara is one of the holiest Sikh shrines. Campaigning in Rajasthan, PM Modi referred to the Kartarpur corridor being built between the two nations to enable Sikh pilgrims from India to visit the gurdwara and questioned why this was not done 70 years ago.
“The credit of the Kartarpur corridor goes to your vote. Correcting Congress mistakes was my destiny,” the Prime Minister said at a rally in Hanumangarh on the last day of campaigning for the polls are scheduled to be held on Friday.
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He alleged that Congress leaders at the time had “no idea about the importance of Guru Nanak Dev” and no respect for Sikh sentiment. “They (Congress leaders) could not see anything beyond the ‘Rajgaddi’ so Kartarpura went into Pakistan. The credit of the Kartarpur corridor goes to your vote,” continued the prime minister.
“A little bit of wiseness and sensitivity at that time would have ensured that Kartarpur, which is just 3 km away (from India), would not have been away from us. It was their lack of vision and sensitivity that they did not respect sentiments of Sikh community,” Modi alleged.
“Why did Congress leaders commit such big mistake and injustice? It has come to my destiny to correct their mistakes. Its credit goes to your one vote and not Modi. Don’t underestimate value of your vote,” he said.
The foundation stone for the much-awaited corridor linking Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib – the final resting place of Sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak Dev – to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district was laid last week.