Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, one of the sacred Sikh shrines, went to Pakistan because of the lack of vision and sensitivity of Congress leaders. Campaigning in Rajasthan, PM Modi said 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 achievement of the Kartarpur corridor goes to your vote. Correcting Congress faults was my destiny,” the Prime Minister said at a rally in Hanumangarh on the last day of campaigning for the polls to be scheduled on Friday.
He stated that Congress leaders at the time had “no idea about the importance of Guru Nanak Dev” and no respect for Sikh sentiment.
In the ground-breaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan, union minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said the corridor “should have been operationalized many years ago. The cartographer who created the (boundary) line made a fundamental mistake.”
The 16th-century Kartarpur Gurdwara, situated around three-four km from the border on the banks of the river Ravi in Pakistan, is necessary for Sikhs as Guru Nanak Dev, their main guru, spent 18 years here.
The corridor was inaugurated in India on November 27 by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and in Pakistan, it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan.