Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday gave a warm send-off to the first batch of Haj pilgrims at a function held at the Haj Bhawan where more than 300 people had gathered to receive pre-departure tips for their 40-day trip to Mecca and Medina.
The first flight of the pilgrims is scheduled to take off from Patna Airport on Thursday morning. It will first make a stop in New Delhi from where it will fly for Jeddah.
More than 7,000 pilgrims from Bihar are expected to leave for Haj with the last flight to leave on September 3.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister asked the pilgrims to pray for the success of prohibition in Bihar that, he said, had tremendous impact on poor families in the state.
"I want you to pray for Bihar and the success of prohibition in the state that some people with vested interests are trying to derail. I also ask you to pray for peace and harmony in Bihar that some people are trying to disturb," the Chief Minister said.
State Finance Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui, Minority Welfare Minister Abdul Ghafoor, Haj Committee chairperson Hafiz Iliyas, and Chief Secretary (Home) Amir Subhani were among many who were present on the occasion.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS