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Nation prays for Manmohan

Govind Kaur and Pritam Kaur (left), sisters of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, offer prayers at a Gurdwara in South Kolkata on Saturday for his speedy recovery.

Govind Kaur and Pritam Kaur (left), sisters of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, offer prayers at a Gurdwara in South Kolkata on Saturday for his speedy recovery.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: PTI / Swapan Mahapatra

People of all faiths congregate at religious places

NEW DELHI: People from all walks of life on Saturday offered special prayers at religious places across the country for the speedy recovery of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who underwent a coronary bypass surgery.

At the Golden Temple in Amritsar, head priest Gyani Jaswinder Singh led the prayers, which were attended by Dr. Singh’s brother, Surjit Singh Kohli, while a special puja was organised at the Kamakhya temple in Guwahati for 76-year-old Singh, who is a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament from Assam. “We are also aware that millions of our countrymen and Punjabis all over the world are praying for his good health,” Mr. Kohli said.

Other shrines in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata, Amritsar and Guwahati also saw special prayers for Dr. Singh.

In Kanpur, prayers were held at the Mata Vaibhav temple and organisers said they lighted the ‘akhand jyoti’ (holy flame) which would continue till the Prime Minister recovered fully.

Prominent leaders, including Chief Ministers, also wished Dr. Singh an early recovery. — PTI

A sigh of relief

Indrani Dutta reports from Kolkata:

Dr. Singh’s sisters, who stay in the city, heaved a sigh of relief on receiving news of his successful surgery, even as they, along with family members, participated in long prayer sessions at gurdwaras and remained glued to the TV sets.

In the morning, people from all religions congregated at a gurdwara, just as the operation began. West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee sent a bouquet, along with a get-well message, to Dr. Singh through the State government’s New Delhi office.

Pritam Kaur, younger sister of Dr. Singh, told The Hindu that she was feeling better after receiving news of the successful surgery.

“Not only at our place of worship, the gurdwara, but all through the day I have had a prayer for my brother on my lips” she said.



Congressmen’s prayers

Pradip Bhattacharyya, Pradesh Congress working president, said partymen had congregated at a gurdwara in south Kolkata, just as the surgery began in the morning. The congregation comprised people from various faiths, including Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

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