At a time when farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting against the contentious farm laws enacted by the Centre and discussions with the government failed to put an end to the stalemate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday made a surprise visit to Gurdwara Rakabganj in New Delhi.
Interestingly, the PM’s visit to the gurdwara to pay tribute to Guru Teg Bahadur was without any special police bandobast or traffic barriers. The mortal remains of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh Guru, were consigned to flames at Gurdwara Rakabganj.
PM Modi tweets
PM Modi, after the visit, took to Twitter to reveal about his visit. He said he felt blessed and inspired by the kindness of Guru Teg Bahadur.
PM Modi said, “This morning, I prayed at the historic Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, where the pious body of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji was cremated. I felt extremely blessed. I, like millions around the world, am deeply inspired by the kindnesses of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji.”
In another tweet, the prime minister said, “It is the special Kripa of the Guru Sahibs that we will mark the special occasion of the 400th Parkash Parv of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji during our Government’s tenure. Let us mark this blessed occasion in a historic way and celebrate the ideals of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji.”
PM Modi supports farm laws
Ever since the controversy erupted over the contentious farm laws, PM Modi has repeatedly tried to enumerate the advantages of the reforms. He has hailed the farm laws as game changer, which the Opposition and his critics have termed as a move to benefit the corporate.
The prime minister has also attacked the Opposition for not doing anything for the farmers during their tenure and misleading them on the reforms. He has assured the farmers that the existing system of minimum support price and the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees (APMCs) will continue.
However, the protesting farmers are not ready to settle for anything less than the withdrawal of the acts—something that the government is not ready to do.
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