Vancouver, April 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi after reaching Vancouver, visited Gurdudwara , he was accompanied by his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper here. At the Khalsa Diwan Society’s Sikh Gurdwara, located on the southern edge of Vancouver, a large crowd of supporters gathered at the temple before filing inside. (READ: Narendra Modi gifts Guru Nanak Dev miniature painting to PM Stephen Harper)
The president of the historic Sikh society, which has roots stretching back more than 100 years in B.C., said Modi will be the third Indian prime minister to visit, after Jawaharlal Nehru’s visit in 1949 and Indira Gandhi’s 42 years ago. Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Vancouver, and is scheduled to offer prayers at Gurdudwara Khalsa Diwan and Laxmi Narain Temple here. Earlier while leaving from Toronto Modi tweeted “Leaving for Vancouver, which is the final leg of my Canada visit. Will offer prayers at Gurudwara Khalsa Diwan and Laxmi Narain Temple there.”
Modi will leave for India after the Vancouver visit. Earlier, Modi visited the memorial in Toronto for the victims of Air India Flight 182 that was bombed in 1985. Modi was accompanied by his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper during the visit. “PM @narendramodi and @pmharper at the Air India memorial,” Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson of the external affairs ministry, tweeted. Air India Flight 182, a Boeing 747 named “Kanishka”, flying on the Montreal-London-New Delhi route on June 23, 1985, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after being bombed while in Irish airspace.
All 329 passengers and crew on board were killed in the tragedy. Of them, 268 were Canadian citizens, mostly of Indian descent. There were 24 Indian and 27 Britons as well. Modi, along with Harper, interacted with the relatives of the victims who had gathered at the memorial.