Narendra Modi invokes Gautama Buddha, commits to world peace, non-violence

Bharatiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday pledged his commitment to peace and non-violence on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, the most sacred festivals of Buddhists.

Last Updated: May 14, 2014, 15:57 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Ahemdabad: Bharatiya Janata Party`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday pledged his commitment to peace and non-violence on the occasion of Buddha Purnima, the most sacred festivals of Buddhists.

The Gujarat Chief Minister, who is expected to lead the BJP to a victory in the Lok Sabha elections, advocated for Lord Buddha`s teachings.

Expressing his thoughts on his twitter account, the BJP strongman posted:

Buddha Purnima, the most sacred festivals of Buddhists, is being celebrated today.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President M Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have greeted the nation on the occasion.
In a message, President Mukherjee said that the life and teachings of Lord Buddha have universal significance.

He said, the ideals of non-violence, peace, compassion and service to humanity embodied in Buddha`s teachings have profoundly impacted human history and the course of civilization.

Vice President Ansari said that people should follow Lord Buddha`s enduring message of peaceful co-existence, non-violence and compassion.

In his message, he has said that on this auspicious day, let us firmly resolve to follow Lord Buddha`s enduring message of peaceful co-existence, non-violence and compassion, so that we can build a more harmonious and caring society.

In his message, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the life of Lord Buddha inspires the people to follow the path of truth and brotherhood and work for the betterment of the downtrodden.

With ANI inputs