Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Canadian Defence Minister offers prayers at Golden Temple

Canadian Defence Minister offers prayers at Golden Temple

Canada's Indian-origin Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan today paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here where he was presented with a robe of honour, PTI reports.

"Mr. Sajjan is a senior dignitary of Canada, who has done commendable work for his community and the country.It is a proud moment for all as we honour him", said SGPC Head, Kirpal Singh Badungar, who was present at the holy Sikh shrine.

Attired in a grey turban, a white shirt and a pair of grey pants, Sajjan took a "parikrama" (walk around the sanctum sanctorum) before listening to the "kirtan" (prayers) at the Golden Temple.

Sajjan remained at the shrine for over an hour, during which he prayed inside the sanctum sanctorum and listened to hymns.

Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh and Canadian defense minister Harjit Singh Sajjan (Below in article). Amarinder Singh accused Sajjan and other ministers in Canada of having links with radical elements who demanded a separate Sikh state of Khalistan.

The Shiromani Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have welcomed Sajjan to Punjab and have condemned Amarinder Singh for his stand on the Canadian Minister.

The SGPC ensured that the radical elements did not create any situation inside the shrine complex.

Mr. Sajjan is likely to visit Unique Home - a home for abandoned girl children in Jalandhar on his way to Bambeli -where he will meet almost 60 girls who live there. He was received at the airport by junior officers of the Amritsar district administration.

Members of some radical groups were present outside the airport terminal with banners to welcome the first Sikh to become the Defence Minister of another country.

Later in the afternoon, Sajjan visited a girls' orphanage in Jalandhar.

Sajjan's family hails from Bambeli village, 15 km from Hoshiarpur.

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