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Prime Minister David Cameron during the election campaign visited the Sikh Temple in Leamington Spa which serves the 4,000 local Sikhs. The Prime Minister took part in the prayer ceremony and spoke to members of the community. (File)

World leaders including Prime Ministers David Cameron, Narendra Modi convey Vaisakhi greetings….reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister David Cameron during the election campaign visited the Sikh Temple in Leamington Spa which serves the 4,000 local Sikhs. The Prime Minister took part in the prayer ceremony and spoke to members of the community. (File)
Prime Minister David Cameron during the election campaign visited the Sikh Temple in Leamington Spa which serves the 4,000 local Sikhs. The Prime Minister took part in the prayer ceremony and spoke to members of the community. (File)

“I want to send my best wishes to everyone in Britain and around the world celebrating the festival of Vaisakhi,” Cameron said in the message.

 “As Gudwaras across Britain prepare to mark the birth of Khalsa, this is also a time for us to celebrate the special contribution the Sikh community has made to British life. Whether it’s through hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit that has helped our country prosper or a vibrant cultural tradition, British Sikhs have brought so much to our society.
“So as the Gudwaras are decorated with flowers and offerings, and vibrant processions take place in the streets, I want to wish everyone an enjoyable Vaisakhi and a great year to come.”
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also greeted the people on the occasion of Baisakhi and other festivals like Vishu, Puthandu, Masadi, Vaishkhadi, Bohag Bihu, Poila Boishakh and Maha Vishuba Sankranti being celebrated in various parts of the country.

“On the joyous occasion of Baisakhi, I extend greetings and good wishes to all fellow countrymen, especially sisters and brothers engaged in cultivation and farming,” the President said in his message.

“May this joyous festival coinciding with the harvest season herald prosperity and happiness. Let us pray that the bounty of nature continues to shower its blessings on our hard working farmers,” he added.

Ansari, in his message, said these festivals associated with the onset of the harvest season reflect the rich agrarian traditions and composite culture of our country.

“I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the joyous occasion of Baisakhi, Vishu, Puthandu, Masadi, Vaishkhadi and Bohag Bihu,” Ansari said.

“May these festivals bring peace, harmony, prosperity and happiness in our country,” he added.

Modi hoped that these festivals herald happiness and prosperity for all.

“May the coming year give wings to the aspirations of the people, especially the youth, and spread harmony and joy among all,” the prime minister said.

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