Mauritian President to visit ancestral village in Bihar on Jan 6

PATNA: President of the Republic of Mauritius Rajkeswur Purryag, whose forefathers had sailed to the island nation over a century ago as indentured labourers, will be reaching Patna on January 6 and later go to Wajidpur village, his ancestral place, under Punpun block in Patna. He will be accorded a civic reception in the village.

Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday visited Wajidpur, 20 km from here, to have a look at the preparations for the high profile visit of Purryag who was elected Mauritian president on July 21. A road from Punpun to Wajidpur is being constructed on a war footing, he said.

Interestingly, prime minister of the same country Navin Ramgoolam, who has his roots in Bihar’s Bhojpur district, had visited his ancestral village Harigaon on February 19, 2008. Moreover, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago islands Kamala Persad-Bissessar is also a Bihari and visited her ancestral place Bhelupur in Buxar district early this year.

After laying wreath at the statue of Mauritian Father of Nation Sir Seewoo Sagur Ramgoolam here at Ramgoolam Chowk at the trijunction of Exhibition Road, Purryag will visit the village at the outskirt of Patna, Nitish said.

The president is arriving India to be the chief guest at Pravasi Bhartiya Sammelan to be held from January 7 at Kochi in Kerala. Recently, when Bihar minister of tourism Sunil Kumar ‘Pintu’ visited Mauritius, he was informed about Purryag’s proposed visit to his ancestral village.

Before being elected as president, Purryag was the speaker of the national assembly when his Mauritian Labor Party won election in 2005. Earlier, he served as deputy PM and minister of foreign affairs, international trade, economic planning, information and technology, health and social security.

Source: Times of India

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