New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said Kartarpur went to Pakistan in 1947 owing to the lack of vision and sensitivity of the then Congress leaders.
Addressing an election rally in Hanumangarh of poll-bound Rajasthan, Modi said the Congress leaders of the time 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,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister said the country was paying the price for the mistakes committed by the Congress for its greed of power.
“The then policymakers of the Congress in the country were in a hurry to come to power. Partition happened and in that too several mistakes were made for which Kartarpur Saheb became a part of Pakistan,” he said.
“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.
He said the Congress was in power for 70 years, during which the country fought and won wars, but it could not make arrangement for prayers to be offered at Kartarpur Sahib.
“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 Kartarapur Sahib Corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan — 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 in the presence of Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Puri and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The corridor, which was initially proposed in 1999 by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, is seen as an effort by the Pakistan government to renew the stalled bilateral ties with India.
The Imran Khan government had sent an invitation to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for the inauguration of the corridor on the Pakistani side, but the Indian minister refused citing busy schedule.
She instead nominated Union ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Puri to attend the ceremony.