Politics over Kartarpur corridor must stop: AAP


Chandigarh, January 18

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesman and MLA Kultar Singh Sandhwan, has appealed to to all political parties to come forward to stop the cheap political being done over the historic Kartapur corridor, saying that the process of having ‘darshan’ at the gurudwara Kartarpur sahib dedicated to Guru Nanak Dev be kept simple and hassle-free for the teeming millions of devotees visiting the shrine from across the world.

In a statement issued from the party headquarters in Chandigarh here on Friday, Sandhwan accused the erstwhile SAD-BJP and the ruling Congress Party of playing cheap politics over the issues surrounding the Panth, Punjab and Punjabiat for cheap political ends. He said such cheap political gimmicks end up in a palpable disquiet among the believers, besides causing hurt to their religious sentiments.

He accused Captain Amarinder Singh and the Badal for playing politics over the Kartarpur corridor to earn some political brownie points. Ever since the groundbreaking ceremony happened, there has been a fierce slugfest between both the parties to take credit for the historic corridor becoming a stark reality. In the run-up sometimes, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had played a significant in the process of making it happen, becomes the target of both captain and the Badals, or union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, who had always opposed the move on Krtarpur corridor, outdoing Navjot Singh Sidhu during the ground-breaking ceremony merely to grab eyeballs.    

There is no denying the fact that BJP government at the centre had always maintained a duel policy over the Kartarpur corridor issue and had always been reticent on the move to take it to a conclusive end. Sandhwan said that the controversial statement issued by union BJP minister Vijay Kumar Sampla recently was disgusting that tantamount to the saffron party’s disdain for the people of Punjab, Punjabiat and the minority communities, Sandhwan said.

Sandhwan further said that the Kartarpur corridor was the result of incessant prayers of the vast majority of Sangat from both the countries, besides genuine efforts of people of both countries who mattered and that the political parties should show their large-heartedness and solidarity in the matter so that people from the countries could have hassle-free ‘darshan-e-didar’ of this Mecca for devotees where Guru Nanak Dev spent his last days, Sandhawan said. He further said that the rigmarole of passport and visa should pose no hindrance to the devotees visiting the shrine to offer their prayers at the sanctum sanctorum.

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