New Delhi, Sep 18 : Both Union Cabinet Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj entered into an heated argument over Kartapur corridor opening proposal. Harsimrat Kaur Badal said Pakistan has found a new agent in the form of Navjot Singh Sidhu and accused Islamabad of using Congress leader as a puppet while Sidhu met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday and urged her that a formal request should go from Indian side on the opening up of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor.
“He is such a close friend (of Pak PM) that out of the entire cricket team only Navjot Sidhu was invited. Let him produce a letter from the PM granting this. The moment that letter is produced, within 24 hrs, I’ll have the corridor put up by my governmnet of India, Badal said.
“I ask Rahul Gandhi that a minister of your party went to an enemy nation, betrayed our people & played with the sentiments of the Sikhs. Was this all done with your blessings? Will you take action against him or are you hand in glove with him?,” Badal said.
“I wrote to EAM that it’s being portrayed that Pakistan government gave a green signal over Kartarpur corridor and our government is doing nothing from its side.Was shocked when received letter from her stating there’s nothing like that.Pakistan government never communicated anything on this,” Badal said.
“But the truth is, no Pakistani government has so far communicated anything on this…Everyone forgot that he (Sidhu) went to an enemy nation. Weeks passed, but the Congress minister couldn’t produce any document,” Badal added.
“When he (Sidhu) returned he was shown black flags, everyone was angry that he went there&hugged someone who kills our people. Instead of apologising, he played with people’s sentiments…He said he hugged General as he said Kartarpur corridor will be opened,”Badal
Badal said, “EAM wrote to Union Min Harsimrat Kaur Badal over Kartarpur Sahib corridor and government had been taking up matter with Pakistan.However,Pakistan government has so far neither agreed to include visits to Kartarpur Sahib by Indian pilgrims nor sent official communication for establishing corridor’.”
“We had a detailed discussion during the meeting, explained to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj about the necessity of opening of the Kartarpur corridor.A formal request should go from India’s side. EAM said to me, ‘the draft is being prepared and I will write a letter,” Sidhu said.
Sidhu held a press conference and said, “I had written in my letter to EAM that ‘kindly send a formal request from MEA to Government of Pakistan requesting an early agreement and opening of the Kartarpur passage after current monsoon season.”
At last he also said that he is hoping a positive response from the central government.