<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that if voted to power in the upcoming Assembly elections, the SAD-BJP alliance government would make all efforts required to ensure free pilgrimage to the Sikh shrines of Sri Nankana Sahib and Sri Panja Sahib in Pakistan. He was speaking at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi after a program on the life and philosophy of the tenth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh in commemoration of his 350th Parkash Utsav. He said the historic holy shrines have been deprived from the Sikh panth as every Sikh yearns to pay obeisance in their daily prayer (Ardas).Badal said that the SAD-BJP government had already launched the Mukh Mantri Tirath Yatra Scheme to offer an opportunity to people to pay obeisance at Sri Nanded Sahib, Varanasi, Katra (Mata Vaishno Devi), Ajmer Sharif, Salasar, Madras and other holy cities.He asked the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to run special buses from Delhi to Patna to facilitate devotees to pay obeisance at the birth place of Sri Guru Gobind Singh in January next year. “All such initiatives were feasible only when the pro-Panthic and pro-people government like SAD-BJP alliance was in power in the state,” he said.Lambasting Congress for the attack on Sri Harmandir Sahib, he said the party was ‘anti-Sikh’.CM Prakash Singh Badal and the Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal also unveiled a statue of legendary Sikh warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur installed at the Punjab Government’s estate Nabha House near Mandi House Chowk. Highlighting that the AAP led Delhi Government denied permission for the installation of this statue in Delhi, CM Badal said the Punjab government decided to get it installed at its own place in the national capital as a tribute to the Sikh martyr.
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