23 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: A delegation of the Sikh community that met Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Dibya Shankar Mishra today over the issue of demolition of Mangu Mutt has expressed its deep satisfaction on Odisha government's renovation plans for the same and the two other mutts connected with Guru Nanak Dev as part of the Puri beautification drive.
"Not only happy, we are very much happy. We had a long meeting with the Minister. We are very much satisfied with the State government's renovation plans for Mangu, Punjabi, and Bali mutts as part of the Puri beautification drive. These mutts are connected with Guru Nanak Dev," informed Simarjit Singh Bains, Lok Insaaf Party MLA from Punjab, who had led the delegation.
Bains made his comments after his meeting with the MoS (Home Affairs) at the Lok Seva Bhawan here.
The Lok Insaaf Party MLA said that he was overwhelmed with the love and respect the locals of Puri had for Guru Nanak Dev.
"All my misunderstandings are resolved. I am simply overwhelmed with the love and respect for Guru Nanak Dev in Puri. Honestly, it’s even more than me and what a practicing Sikh has for the Guru. My head bows down to them out of love and respect," he pointed out.
"I am very very thankful to the government, the Chief Minister, the three-time MLA (Pranab Prakash Das) and the Works Secretary (Krishan Kumar) from the bottom of my heart," he added.
Bains was all praise for the government's greatness for its plans with regard to renovation of these mutts.
"I had suggested that the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) would renovate the Mangu mutt but I was told that the government will do the renovation as per the beautification plan and hand it over to us. It is the greatness of the government," he said.
"Two MLAs and an SGPC member from Punjab had come to express their feelings. We had a discussion. They were very happy with the government's master plan," said Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Dibya Shankar Mishra.
It may be pointed out here that the demolition of mutts and other buildings for the Puri beautification drive and especially partial demolition of Mangu mutt where Guru Nanak Dev had composed 'Arti' had led to a controversy, with people from the Sikh community feeling hurt.