New Delhi: Union minister and Akali leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Monday claimed that Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was snubbed by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for “messing up” the Kartarpur Gurudwara corridor issue, which he had discussed during his visit to Pakistan for Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony. Also Read - To Protest Petrol Price Hike, Mamata Banerjee Takes Electric Scooter To Office | VIDEO
Sidhu had met the External Affairs Minister on Monday along with another senior Congress leader and urged her to initiate a dialogue with Pakistan for opening up of Kartarpur corridor. Undeterred by BJP criticism over his praise of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the issue of the Kartarpur gurdwara corridor, Sidhu had earlier written to the Centre seeking a “positive step”. Also Read - Breaking News Feb 25 Live News And Updates | JP Nadda Launches 'Lokkho Sonar Bangla Manifesto Crowdsourcing Campaign'
Badal further claimed that he was “reprimanded” for “misusing” the political clearance granted to him to visit Pakistan. “Sushma Swaraj reprimands Navjot Sidhu for messing up Kartarpur Sahib corridor dialogue and misusing political clearance granted for a private visit by hugging Army chief responsible for killing our soldiers,” the Union Minister said. Also Read - PM Modi Biggest 'Dangaabaaz' of India, Worse Fate Than Trump Awaits Him, Says Mamata Banerjee
Sources close to the MEA told The Indian Express that the issue was discussed between Sidhu and Swaraj and for now, the Indian side is waiting for an official proposal from Pakistan. The sources said that the minister asked him to not “politicise the “sensitive” Kartarpur corridor issue.
On Monday, General (Retd.) VK Singh had said that India has not received any official proposal from Pakistan regarding the Kartarpur corridor. “Nothing has come from the government’s (Pakistan) side. This issue has been going on for a very long time. If anything comes about we will let you know,” Singh said.
In other reports, senior Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa has urged PM Narendra Modi to initiate talks with Pakistan to transfer the Kartarpur Sahib corridor to India in return for a piece of land. “It is my request that you, Sir, initiate bilateral talks with Pakistan on this issue and propose to transfer the Dera Baba Nanak-Kartarpur Sahib corridor to India, in return for an alternate piece of land,” Bajwa said in his letter to PM Modi.
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