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Mamata promises Guru Nanak memorial bhavan in Kolkata

Kolkata, Nov 11 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today attended
the 550th Parkash Parab Utsav celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Ji here.
While highlighting the teachings of the leading Sant, she announced a Punjab
bhavan in his name.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Banerjee said, "I thank my Sikh brothers and sisters
for giving me the opportunity to attend this auspicious occasion. I would like to convey
my greetings to all Sikh brethren not just in the State but in the country and the world
as well on this landmark celebration."
She said Guru Nanak Ji was not just the leader of one religion, but a world leader as
well who had no feelings of divisiveness.
"We still follow the thoughts and ideals that he had expressed so many years ago.
He was considered a guru for Hindus and a peer for Muslims," the chief minister said.
Ms Banerjee said Guru Nanak Ji took everyone along with him on the path of peace,
unity and in upholding the country’s traditions, and this has become the main goal of
our lives. It will never become old, nor will it go away. As the years go by, this tradition
will become stronger.
"The Punjab Chief Minister had also invited me to attend the celebrations there, but
the communication came in a bit late, and as you know, a cyclone hit the southern
districts of the State and I could not go. A lot of losses have occurred, with about 1.75
lakh people requiring assistance. The measures taken by the administration restricted
the death toll. I had gone there today to work for the relief of the people," she said.
The chief minister said Guru Nanak Ji too always worked for the relief of people
suffering as well as for their betterment. Even today, his blessings continue to work
for the people and those affected by the cyclone.
"On this landmark completion of 550 years, I would like to do something in his name.
Please tell me what can be done that will help the community. Firhad Hakim (mayor)
and Anuj Sharma (police commissioner) are here with me now….Bacchan Singh Saral
(editor) just told me that a bhavan is required. Alright, though vacant land is scarce,
we will try to build a nice bhavan in Guru Nanak Ji’s memory near Ruby Hospital. I
will tell Firhad hakim to work out the details so that the hand-over can take place in this
year itself," Ms Banerjee said.
"We are there to help you, as you are there to help us. This is one of the basis of
Guru Nanak Ji’s teachings. Continue to be good, and do good as he would have wanted
us to do," she added.
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