Written by Kanchan Vasdev
| Chandigarh |

Published: November 1, 2019 10:20:28 am

As separate stage comes up for PM event, state hits out at Centre: ‘sheer wastage of public money’ Officials examine the progress within the development work of Kartarpur Corridor in Punjab on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

Punjab’s Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa Thursday took robust exception to what he mentioned was the choice of the Union authorities to assemble a “parallel stage” for the inauguration of the historic Kartarpur Sahib Corridor.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the state-of-the-art Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) at Dera Baba Nanak on November 9, formally opening the Kartarpur Corridor connecting two historic gurdwaras on both aspect of the India-Pakistan border for pilgrims.

The prime minister may even handle a public assembly almost three kilometres from the constructing after the inauguration, following which he’ll attend the 550th delivery anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak being organised at Sultanpur Lodhi.

Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had taken up up with the PM the difficulty of a separate stage being set up by Landport Authority of India (LPAI) at Dera Baba Nanak for the latter to flag off the primary jatha to Kartarpur Sahib.

The state authorities has set up an all-weather pandal and a tent metropolis at Dera Baba Nanak and hoped that PM could be gracing its stage. The Centre, nonetheless, launched PM’s schedule indicating that he could be inaugurating the PTB constructing at 11 am and handle a jan sabha at 11:30 am.

A authorities functionary mentioned they’d not acquired any communication from the PMO. They learnt about his programme solely by way of the Union authorities launch.

Randhawa mentioned the LPAI stage was being readied quick. “This is a sheer wastage of public money. Had they told us earlier, we would not have spent so much money on setting up the main pandal and the Tent City. If PM is not coming to our venue, nobody would stay at the Tent City.”

Earlier within the day, referring to the choice to assemble a parallel stage, Randhawa sought the rapid intervention of PM “to end this unsolicited controversy”.

The Punjab minister dubbed the transfer as “brazen violation” of the Centre-state relations, particularly the federal spirit of the Indian structure.

In a letter to the PM, Randhawa mentioned, “I have been having regular meetings with all the central agencies concerned while making preparations for the inaugural function and never even a hint was given about the central government planning separate stage”.

“Moreover, all these central agencies have been regularly inspecting the stage construction and other preparations for the inaugural function by the Punjab government,” he added.

The determination to go in for a “separate stage” at this juncture when the state authorities has already accomplished about 90 per cent of the work is “nothing but playing petty politics and that too on such a pious occasion”, he mentioned.

It was at Kartarpur Sahib that Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the Sikh religion, spent his final 17 years and gave sensible form to his distinctive socio-economic mannequin for the event of an excellent society, Randhawa additional mentioned.

“The Corridor inauguration had coincided with 550th anniversary celebrations of the founder of the Sikh faith whose teachings are universal,” he mentioned.

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