Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged people to maintain peace and communal harmony.
She visited a Gurdwara to celebrate the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Govind Singh on Thursday afternoon.
“Bengal and Punjab are very close for ages and Bengal is the home for people belonging to different religions. We live happily and peacefully. This is our culture and this is our tradition,” she said.
The Chief Minister also reiterated on the the close relation between Punjab and Bengal for decades. The freedom fighters of these two states sacrificed their lives for the country.
“The relation between Punjab and Bengal is very close and will remain forever,” she maintained.
Appreciating the social service carried out by the Gurdwaras, she said that after demonetisation of high value notes was announced, many poor people did not have money to buy food as banks did not have cash.
They queued up in front of the Gurdwaras and were given food. “In Delhi, I saw long queues of people in front of Gurdwaras, after demonetisation of high value notes was announced.
Banks did not have cash and poor people had nothing to eat. The Gurdwaras gave them food and I appreciate this gesture.”
Banerjee said a museum on the life and work of Guru Govind Singh will be set up at Rashbehari Avenue.
A gate named after Guru Nanak will come up at Dunlop where a big Gurdwara has recently come up. She said a committee would be set up to settle a dispute over land at Garcha Road Gurdwara.
The committee will be headed by Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee. The other members are Debashis
Kumar, member, Mayor in Council (parks and squares) and two representatives from the Gurdwara.
“It is a long standing problem. A committee has been set up to settle the long standing problem,” she said.