Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy Sunday extended greetings to the Islamic community on the eve of Bakrid (Eid Ul Adah). In her message, the Lieutenant Governor said," Bakrid is the festival of sacrifice marking the completion of a holy pilgrimage which signifies the spiritual growth of an individual for leading a disciplined life." She said, "On the happy occasion of the festival I extend my hearty greetings and best wishes to the Muslim brethren and to the people of the Union Territory of Puducherry." Highlighting the importance of the festival, the Chief Minister said the festival is an occasion for nurturing love and sacrifice.
He said although the central government had discontinued the grant to those proceeding on Haj pilgrimage, the Puducherry government had provided the assistance to 84 pilgrims from out of the Chief Minister`s Relief Fund`. Stating that no force posing a threat to the minorities would be let to foray into Puducherry, the Chief Minister said the territorial government would ensure without let-up the protection of minorities in keeping with the statutory and constitutional provisions.
Industries Minister M O H F Shah Jahan, the PCC leader and PWD Minister A Namassivayam, the AIADMK legislature wing leader A Anbalagan and leaders of different parties also greeted the members of the Islamic community.
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