Canada: Amarinder's stand on Minister disappointing

Apr 18, 2017, 01:21
Canada: Amarinder's stand on Minister disappointing

On the issue of beef ban, the Punjab Chief Minister said, people has the right to and should be allowed to eat whatever they want.

Senior Congress leaders and MLAs, including Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Sukh Sarkaria and Navtej Cheema, reiterated that the Canadian Defence Minister and some of his ministerial and parliamentary colleagues had a "known affiliation with anti-India forces". "This visit will further strengthen Canada and India?s bilateral defence cooperation, and expand our partnership in the security and defence sectors", he said, before leaving for India.

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan on Monday began his maiden visit to India during which he will meet top Indian leaders, an official statement said.

In Punjab, Sajjan will visit the Golden Temple and civil society organisations, while in Chandigarh, he will inaugurate the new office of the Consulate-General of Canada. In 2011, Mr. Sajjan, a decorated police officer who has served in Afghanistan and Bosnia and commanded the British Columbia regiment of reserves, had been severely criticised for reportedly attending a "remembrance" ceremony in Surrey that included pictures of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, and other Khalistani militants, according to local newspapers.

"There were, in fact, five ministers in the Justin Trudeau government who were Khalistani sympathisers and I will not have any truck with them", he declared.

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The Congress leaders also advised the Akali and Aam Aadmi Party leaders not to try to be more loyal than the king by defending Sajjan when he himself had not denied his association with Khalistani sympathisers and supporters.

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Before his Punjab visit, Sajjan is scheduled to meet Union finance, defence and corporate affairs minister Arun Jaitley and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, besides other ministers and government officials.

The Congress leader cancelled his Canada trip in April previous year after Canadian authorities told him he could not allowed to visit that country for holding political rallies and meetings in the run-up to the 2017 Punjab assembly elections.

The AAP leader urged Amarinder to reconsider his "unjustified statement borne out of petty considerations" and welcome Sajjan to Punjab as a state guest, the Indian Express reported.

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