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Jammu, April 13: Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah and Working President Omar Abdullah, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee President G.A. Mir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President and Member Parliament Mehbooba Mufti and various other political leaders today greeted people on the auspicious occasion of Baisakhi.
In a message of felicitations, the Governor observed that this day has a special significance for the people of Northern India, particularly for the Sikh community as the Khalsa Panth was born on this day, which also marks the beginning of the New Year in the Indian Calendar.
The Governor said that, in the Northern States, Baisakhi also marks the commencement of the harvesting season, when farmers reap the fruit of their hard work. He observed that the celebration of this festival is a shining example of our glorious pluralistic traditions.
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today while greeting the people on the auspicious occasion of Baisakhi said that the custom of observing Baisakhi with harmony and brotherhood adds color to its festivity.
He called for strengthening the bonds between various sections of the society and nurturing communal harmony.
The Governor and Chief Minister also prayed for peace and prosperity of the State.
In her message, Mehbooba has expressed hope that the joyous festival Baisakhi will inspire us to strive for peace and progress of our State.
She said the festival has special importance for people at large and particularly for those engaged in farming.
“I wish the members of the Sikh community a happy Baisakhi and hope this celebration of harvest ushers in a season of prosperity for the state,” she said.
Ms Mehbooba also paid rich tributes to Bharat Ratna Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar on his birth anniversary being observed tomorrow.
Senior PDP leader and Member Parliament, Mr Tariq Hameed Karra has also extended Baisakhi greetings to the people.
In a message, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah said, “On the joyous occasion of Baisakhi, I extend my warmest greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens and our Sikh brothers and sisters in particular as this day has a special significance for the Sikh community, as Khalsa Panth was born on this day. This day is also of great importance and reverence to those who are engaged in cultivation and farming especially in the Northern States as we celebrate nature’s bounty and express gratitude for our many blessings. May the coming year be full of peace, prosperity and joy for the State and the entire country”
NC Working President Omar Abdullah while felicitating people on the occasion said Baisakhi is celebrated as the New Year and the founding day of the Khalsa Panth and holds great significance in the bouquet of the many festivals that are celebrated in this land. “I extend my best wishes and prayers to all people on this joyous occasion and pray for the State’s prosperous future,” Omar Abdullah said in his message.
Meanwhile NC General Secretary Advocate Ali Mohammad Sagar, NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, NC Spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu and NC Minority Cell In-charge Sardar Jagdish Singh Azad have also extended their best wishes to the people on the joyous occasion of Baisakhi and prayed for the State’s peace and prosperity.
Extending his greetings to the people, senior PDP leader and Minister for Public Works, Floriculture, Gardens & Parks Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari expressed hope that the joyous festival may lead people of Jammu and Kashmir to strive for peace, harmony and amity and work for the unity and progress of the State.
He said the festival has a special significance for people particularly for those engaged in the profession of agriculture and farming.
Bukhari said the festival of Baisakhi marks the harvest season which reminds us of the important role played by the farmers in our socio-economic system. He also prayed for the well-being of the farmers on the occasion.
Chairman, Legislative Council Anayat Ali and Deputy Chairman Jahangir Hussain Mir have also greeted the people of the State on the eve of Baisakhi.
Extending their greetings to the people especially Sikh community, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman said that the Jammu and Kashmir is known for composite and rich culture, where all communities live in peace and celebrate all festivals with gaiety. They said the Baisakhi festival represents the true spirit of composite culture of the state and has cultural, social, economic and seasonal relevance.
The chairman and deputy chairman hoped that the day will usher the state in new era of peace, and prosperity.
J&K Pradesh Congress Committee President G A Mir has also felicitated the people of the country in general and state in particular on the occasion of Baisakhi being celebrated on Tuesday.
In a statement Mir hoped that his occasion will be good omen for over all development of the State.
Meanwhile, Surinder Singh Chenni General Secretary JK PCC has also greeted the people on the occasion of Baisakhi.
Expressing joy and happiness over the festival of Baisakhi, All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) today expressed hope that the festival of Baisakhi would be harbinger of peace and prosperity in the state
In his Baisakhi greetings message, APSCC Chairman, Jagmohan Singh Raina said that festivals like Baisakhi bring about happiness and joy among the people. Raina said such festive occasions provide a chance to the people of different communities to come close to each other while exchanging pleasantries.
For Sikhs, Baisakhi is celebrated as the day of the creation of the Khalsa.
Culturally, much of India celebrates Baisakhi as a harvest festival. Baisakhi is often also referred to as the Sikh New Year.
“I wish and pray that this Baisakhi brings peace and prosperity for the people of state. I on behalf of the entire Sikh community extend wishes to the Muslim brethren on the occasion of Baisakhi. Hope this Baisakhi brings about joy and happiness thus bringing smiles on the faces of people of Kashmir,” said Raina.