Obama's Golden Temple visit: Badal seeks PM's help
Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash
Singh Badal requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to
intervene personally at the highest level of the US
administration to ensure that US President Barack Obama visits
the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
"If need be, you may please consider speaking to the
President himself," Badal said in his letter to the Prime
Minister, a copy of which was released to the media here
There appears to be some communication gap between the
Indian and the US security agencies on the issue, Badal said.
Obama is expected to visit India next month and as per
reports a brief visit to the Sikh shrine was on his itinerary.
"The US administration may be reminded that international
dignitaries, including the Queen of England, have paid their
obeisance at the Golden Temple without any security hassles,"
The Chief Minister said Sikhs across the world would be
disappointed if President Obama did not visit the Golden
On the issue of observance of religious decorum, Badal
said the US President would be well aware of the sensitivities
"All across the world, when dignitaries visit
religious shrines,they are always briefed about the observance
of Maryada of the concerned religion and they always respect
the sentiments of the followers of that religion. But if there
is any misunderstanding on this issue, it can be resolved at
the diplomatic level," he added.
But there have been reports that Obama's team was
facing the question of what the President should use to cover
his head while visiting the Golden Temple.
According to reports, the White House team, which
had visited India last month, ruled out Obama wearing the
traditional scarf to cover his head.