Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President Jagat Prakash Nadda on Tuesday offered prayers together at the Kalighat temple and Gurudwara in this
city, hours after their arrival at midnight last night.
The visiting duo first offered special prayers at the Gurudwara on the MG Road in the Central part of the city and then went to south Kolkata to offer prayers at the Kalighat temple, considered the
deity of this metropolis.
In Gurudwara the duo was greeted traditionally by the Sikh priests and were helped to cover their head with saffron colour turban before offering the special prayers at the altar.
State party president Sukanta Majumdar and NandiGram MLA Suvendu Adhikari accompanied the visiting central leaders, who have come to discuss party strategy before the 2024 Lok Sabha poll.
Earlier in the day Shah said ” On Veer Bal Diwas, I bow to Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s four Sahibzade and Mata Gujri Ji.”
In his twitter account now X, Shah said ” With supreme courage they stood against the brutal Mughal rule and chose martyrdom, refusing to convert.
Their unmatched valor will continue to inspire generations to come.
Proclaiming their Martyrdom Day as Veer Bal Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji has spread the saga of their sacrifice to every corner of the country and the world.”
Then Nadda and Shah went straight to the Kalighat temple where they were accorded a red carpet welcome as a group of women blew conch shells and another group sounded Ululudhvani (symbolizes festivity and prosperity).
Common people, who had gathered to greet them from a distance, also greeted the Senior BJP leaders in traditional style.
After spending some time in the temple, the two leaders moved to a hotel at the New Town in the eastern part of the city to hold a meeting with BJP karyakartas.