LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Saturday his government was organizing programs to honor Sikh gurus, highlighting the cause they fought for as such events motivate young people to embrace the rich culture and history of the country.
The CM was speaking as the chief guest at the Baisakhi Mela on the lawns of Moti Mahal hosted by Gurdwara Alambagh. Explain how the sacrifices made by sikh gurus have protected Hindus from religious persecution, the CM said India’s history is incomplete without these great leaders.
“I believe in learning from the life, work and sacrifices of gurus. I also express my deep gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who gave instructions to organize the Sahibzada Diwas every year,” he added. The CM said that when he had the opportunity to hold a program on Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th Prakash Purab, he carried Guru Granth Sahib on his head and it gave him immense pleasure.
People enjoyed the cultural performances on the lawns of Moti Mahal. Programs included bhangda, a traditional costume show, and orchestra performances. The main attraction was a performance by the Bir Khalsa group. Their performance on the 1984 riots left many in tears. A Harjeet Singh Bhasin (66) said: “I lost my parents in the riots”. Deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak, UP BJP leader Swatantra Dev Singh, MPs Rajeshwar Singh and Neeraj Bora, Mayor Samyukta Bhatia, ACS Awanish Awasthi and Navneet Sehgal were present.