Modi, Sirisena share stage at Kumbh event, call for peace

RSTV Bureau
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chauhan and RS MP Anil Madhav Dave in Ujjain

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chauhan and RS MP Anil Madhav Dave in Ujjain

Addressing the International Convention on Universal Message of Simhasth in Ujjain Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “good for all” is motto rooted in the Indian culture for centuries.

PM Modi and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirisena attended the International Convention on Universal Message of Simhasth in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district on Saturday.

PM Modi reached Ninnora to attend the closing ceremony of the Vichar MahaKumbh- a confluence of inter-faith spiritual leaders.  He received Lankan President Sirisena at the Indore Airport and both the leaders left to take part in the concluding session of the three-day event.

The conference is being hosted by Madhya Pradesh government on the backdrop of the on the sidelines of the Simhasth Kumbh at the Shipra river.

Prime Minister also said that there was a time when crossing the seas was considered unholy but that has changed and said some traditions can also change with time.

rime Minister Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena before their meeting in New Delhi. Photo-PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena before their meeting in New Delhi.
Photo-PTI

PM Modi also appreciated the efforts put in by election commission to hold free and fair elections.

“Look at our polls; it’s a wonder for the world… a nation so big and many voters. And see how the Election Commission organises elections,” said the PM.

President Sirisena spoke at the event earlier in the day remembered the long standing ties between India and Sri Lanka. Samisen said his first overseas visit after becoming President was to India.

Sirisena is in India for a two-day visit. He held bilateral talks with PM Modi in New Delhi on Friday evening.

“Prime Minister said that President Sirisena’s visit for the Simhastha Kumbha in Ujjain was very significant as it showed the deep civilisation ties between India and Sri Lanka,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

Earlier on Friday, PM Modi and President Sirisena held meetings in the national capital where PM Narendra Modi stressed on the need to develop a mechanism and find a permanent solution to the issue of fishermen straying into each other waters.

PM Modi also appreciated Sri Lankan President’s efforts to promote reconciliation in Sri Lanka so that all sections of the Lankan society can live with equality and dignity.

“The two leaders discussed all issues of bilateral interest, in particular the problems being faced by Indian fishermen, the status of various economic projects being implemented by India and efforts to further increase trade and investment,” Swarup said.