Punjab state cooperation minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Thursday has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that separate functions are not held for inaugurating the Kartarpur corridor.
Terming it as a violation of centre-state relations, Mr Randhawa was objecting to reports that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) was planning a separate function on November 9, 2019, for opening the historic corridor connecting the Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur.
"The Punjab government has already been making preparations for the function as the host as per the earlier decision. However, the National Highway Authority of India started work on a separate stage at the Shikar Machhian village near Dera Baba Nanak today," his letter to PM Modi read.
Mr Randhawa said central agencies had never hinted at a separate inaugural function during their meetings with him. "In fact, all these central agencies have been regularly inspecting the stage construction and other preparations for the inaugural function by the Punjab government. But now, suddenly, these agencies have started constructing a separate stage at Shikar Machhian village, about seven km from Dera Baba Nanak. This is in violation of centre-state relations," the letter read.