New Delhi: Reacting on the opening of Kartarpura corridor, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that this move is dangerous and can be misused as there are no proper checks. It is to be noted here that India and Pakistan have agreed to open the corridor for the Sikh devotees for Baba Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.
Talking to the reporter, Swamy said, “Kartarpur corridor is a dangerous move, can be misused as there are no proper checks, just showing passport not enough. You can get a passport in Chandni Chowk for Rs 250. Ppl should register 6 months in advance, &we should not allow ppl from Pakistan to come here.”
Pakistan had invited Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and foreign minister Sushma Swaraj for the foundation laying ceremony, scheduled to take place on November 28. Sidhu has accepted the invitation and confirmed also to attend the ceremony. Swaraj welcomed the move but cited Telangana elections work commitments for not able to attend the event. In her place, two union ministers will be attending the ceremony.
On Thursday, in a significant decision, Narendra Modi-led government cleared a proposal to develop a corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district to the International Border to facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan.
Kartarpur is located in Shakargarh in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab. Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, had spent more than 18 years of his life there.
Earlier in the day, Vice-president Venkaiah Naidu along with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had laid the foundation stone for the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.