Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan pays obeisance at Golden Temple

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Amritsar (PTI): Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan on Thursday paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here where he was presented with a robe of honour.

He reached the holy Sikh shrine shortly after 6 a.m. and spent around 15 minutes inside its sanctum sanctorum.

Wearing a grey turban and a white shirt, Sajjan took a round of the Harmandir Sahib’s complex and spent over an hour on its premises.

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Kripal Singh was also present when the minister reached the shrine.

(Indian media reported that Sikh “radicals” who wanted to meet Sajjan were not allowed to do so by the SGPC task force. They then protested against the SGPC and raised ‘Khalistan zindabad’ and ‘SGPC murdabad’ slogans.)

Sajjan is a Sikh whose native village, Bambeli, falls in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab.

Sajjan arrived at the holy city of Amritsar from New Delhi on Wednesday evening.

The minister will be in Chandigarh on Friday where he will inaugurate the new office of the Consulate-General of Canada.