Amarinder, Harsimrat in war of words over Kartarpur corridor issue

CHANDIGARH/LUDHIANA: Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Amarinder Singh engaged in a war of words over the Kartarpur corridor issue Friday, with the Union Minister accusing the Punjab Government of non-cooperation and the Chief Minister countering her, saying the ball was totally in Centre’s court.

Badal, the Union Minister for food processing industries, charged the Singh-led Punjab Government with not being serious about the early opening of the corridor that will facilitate Sikh pilgrims from India in visiting the historic Kartarpur gurdwara in Pakistan.

“The Central Government is doing its best on a war footing to complete the corridor at the earliest,” she told reporters in Ludhiana.

The Punjab Government has been asked to start acquisition of land, she said, adding, “It was sad that the Punjab Government was not cooperating the way it should.”

She said the Punjab Government took one and a half months to send the minutes of the high-level joint meeting of Central and Punjab Government officials on the matter.

However, Singh made it clear that the ball was totally in the Centre’s court as the State Government has sent a reminder to the Ministry of Home Affairs on the matter 11 days ago asking them about further actions required by the State Government. (AGENCIES)