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Kartarpur Went to Pakistan in 1947 as Congress Leaders Didn't Respect Guru Nanak and Sikhs: Modi in Rajasthan

PM Modi said Kartarpur is in Pakistan today because Congress leaders in 1947 had no idea about the importance of Guru Nanak Dev and had no respect for Sikh sentiments.

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Updated:December 4, 2018, 4:20 PM IST
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Hanumangarh (Rajasthan): Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the Kartarpur corridor linking Pakistan to India to hit out at the Congress on Tuesday and said the party will have to answer why this was not done 70 years ago.

Addressing an election rally ahead of the December 7 Assembly elections, he said Kartarpur went to Pakistan due to the lack of vision and sensitivity of then Congress leaders.

The foundation stone for the much-awaited corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur — the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev — to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district was laid last week.

Modi said Kartarpur is in Pakistan today because then Congress leaders had no idea about the importance of Guru Nanak Dev and had no respect for Sikh sentiments.

"The credit of the Kartarpur corridor goes to your vote. Correcting Congress mistakes was my destiny," he said at the rally.

The headlines five years ago were about corruption and scams, the prime minister said. "Have you seen any news of this kind in the last five years," he asked.

Focussing on farmers and their problems, he said his government wants to make farmers "energy givers" and asked them to install solar panels, use drip irrigation and other modern methods of farming.

"The naamdar does not know the difference between red and green chillies," he said, hitting out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who he has often referred to as "naamdar" (dynast).

"If you tell him that farmers are getting high prices for red chilli as compared to green chilli, he'll say farmers should grow red chillies," he said, alleging that the Congress was responsible for the pain of farmers.

(With PTI inputs)

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| Edited by: Nitya Thirumalai
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