Shah said through a tweet that, as an important decision, the Modi government has decided to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib corridor as of November 17. This will benefit a large number of Sikh devotees. This decision shows the immense reverence of the Modi government towards Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the Sikh community.
In another tweet, Shah said, the country is set to celebrate Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s festival of lights on November 19. I am sure that this decision by the Modi government will increase joy throughout the country.
It is worth noting that previously the leaders of the Punjab BJP had met with the prime minister on Sunday to demand the reopening of the corridor. After this, the leaders of Punjab and Delhi met with the president and the interior minister and demanded the same effect. Earlier in the Punjab Congress, Akali Dal had also made a request to the same effect from the prime minister.
The Punjab CM also wrote a letter to the Prime Minister and the Interior Minister. The Kartarpur corridor connects Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, the final resting place of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, Pakistan, with Dera Baba Nanak Gurdwara in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab.
250 people in the first batch, RTPCR is needed for negative vaccine
This corridor was closed since March 2020 due to the Corona epidemic. On Friday, for the Guru Nanak Dev ji festival of lights, devotees will be able to perform darshan by following all the rules of the crown. In the first batch, 250 pilgrims will go and the vaccination report and negative RT PCR are necessary for all passengers.
Channi welcomed, the whole cabinet will go in the first batch
Welcoming this decision by the Modi government, Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi said that his entire cabinet will be involved in the batch that will depart on November 18. Channi said, our prayer was worth it.
He had demanded the Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior, to open the corridor and finally the decision was made to open it. Thank you very much for that
In addition to Channi, the head of the Punjab Congress Navjot Singh Sidhu, former CM Captain Amarinder Singh, BJP National Secretary General Tarun Chugh and Akali Dal head Sukhbir Singh Badal also appreciated and welcomed the decision of the Center. It was Captain Amarinder Singh who demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi open this corridor on Tuesday morning. Sidhu has described it as an invaluable gift to the Sikh community.
political significance of the decision
This decision is linked to the elections to the Punjab Assembly. It should be noted that the assembly elections will be held in Punjab in February-March next year. Apart from this, mainly the Sikh community is agitating against the agricultural laws. With this decision, the government has tried to convey a positive political message to the Sikh community.
Why did the trip stop?
The Kartarpur corridor was inaugurated by the prime minister two years ago, on November 9. However, in August last year, Pakistan had banned this trip amid the growing outbreak of the Corona epidemic.
After this, Pakistan also gave a positive message in this direction. In the first group, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, his wife Gursharan Kaur, then-Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, and Union Minister Hardeep Puri went to Pakistan for darshan.