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Navjot Singh Sidhu part of third jatha to Kartarpur, Charanjit Singh Channi deflects blame

Rajmeet Singh

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, November 18

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi led an official delegation to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan on Thursday. He was accompanied by his relations and a few Cupboard colleagues and MLAs. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Navjot Sidhu, who was instrumental within the opening of the Kartarpur hall in November 2018, was not a part of the delegation.

Navjot Singh Sidhu

A lot to his shock, Sidhu was advised late Wednesday night time that he was on the third listing of VIPs visiting the shrine on November 20, a day after Gurpurb. When contacted, his media adviser Jagtar Sidhu mentioned the shape to safe permission was stuffed effectively in time. “That the PPCC chief was not included within the first official delegation is a matter between the Centre and the Punjab Authorities. Solely they’ll clarify the explanations,” he mentioned.

The Chief Minister’s workplace later within the day mentioned an inventory of fifty VIPs, together with Sidhu, PPCC working presidents and senior MLAs, was despatched to the Ministry of Residence Affairs (MHA) on November 16 night. Citing safety considerations, the Centre refused to permit all VIPs to go to Kartarpur Sahib on the identical day, dividing the VIPs into three teams. Sidhu shall be visiting Sultanpur Lodhi for Gurpurb celebrations.

Amongst those that accompanied CM Channi as we speak have been Manpreet Badal, Rana Gurjeet Singh, Vijay Inder Singla, Harpartap Ajnala and Barindermeet Pahra. Shut family of Channi and ministers, who didn’t require clearance from the MHA, have been additionally a part of the delegation. On Friday, a 15-member delegation led by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, ministers Tript Bajwa, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Randeep Nabha and Raj Kumar Verka moreover some Members of Legislative Meeting can pay obeisance on the shrine.

On November 20, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief together with working president Kuljit Nagra, Congress’ Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Chaudhary and different ministers and legislators will go to the shrine.

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