January 06, 2019 05:21 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Punjab Rural and Urban Development Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa today questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming credit for conviction of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in the case relating to November 1984 anti-Sikh violence in Delhi.

In a statement, Bajwa reminded Modi that Sajjan Kumar had been convicted following the appeal filed by the CBI on April 30, 2013 and the prime minister at that time was Dr Manmohan Singh. He made it clear that Sajjan Kumar had been sent to the jail following appealed filed during the Congress regime.

He slammed Modi for misleading the nation by saying that this conviction was the result of SIT constituted by his government that had re-opened several cases from November 1984 earlier closed by the investigators. The Minister asserted the two other cases in which Sajjan also faces trial were those that had been re-opened by this SIT.

He called upon Modi to cross check his facts before misleading the people.

Bajwa also deflated Modi’s claim that the Kartarpur Sahib corridor was his government’s achievement.

He said then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had taken up this issue with President Musharraf way back in February 1999. Dr Manmohan Singh followed it up earnestly and remained part of bilateral negotiations betweenIndiaandPakistan.Mr Bajwa said Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had used to raise this issue every time with his westPunjabcounterpart Parvaiz Ilahi during their bilateral visits to both the countries during 2002-2007.

Recalling earlier history of this issue, he said Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1969 during 500th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev had promised land swap withPakistan for the purpose.He said Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on September 18 last had produced a letter from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj that stated, “The Government has been taking up the matter withPakistan. However,Pakistanhas so far neither agreed to include visits to Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib by the Indian pilgrims under the bilateral Protocol on visits to religious shrines of 1974 nor has it sent any official communication for establishing a corridor.” This letter was dated September 15.He said the Kartarpur corridor was the positive outcome of earnest efforts made by the prime ministers in the past and prayers of the Sikh devotees.

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