New Year with prayer

AMRITSAR (IANS): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh wants to start his new year with prayers at the Harmandar Sahib, the holiest of Sikh shrines, popularly known as the Golden Temple at Amritsar.

Saturday evening with his wife Gursharan Kaur he is expected to arrive and will go to the Harmandar Sahib early on Sunday morning to offer prayers on New Year Day, a police officer said.

The visit is being termed by officials as a “private one”.

“He will stay at the Circuit House overnight. Additional security personnel have been requisitioned from neighbouring districts to have foolproof security in place. SPG (special protection group that protects the prime minister) officials are camping here already to ensure all security measures are in place,” the officer said, speaking only on condition of anonymity.

Amritsar deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal confirmed that the prime minister would arrive here Saturday evening and visit the Golden Temple complex early Sunday. He will fly back to Delhi Sunday afternoon.

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