Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi today. The newly appointed chief minister before leaving for Delhi said he will discuss issues including repealing three farm laws and Lakhimpur violence with the Home Minister.
Talking to the media after the meeting, he said, "I raised the issue of Lakhimpur Kheri violence with the Home Minister and said that such incidents cannot be tolerated."
I also demanded that the Congress leaders should be allowed to visit Lakhimpur Kheri where the violent incident happened on October 4, he added.
During the 45-minute long meeting with the Home Minister, Channi also discussed the security situation of the state and demanded that the border must be sealed properly to effectively prevent the smuggling of weapons from Pakistan.
The newly elected CM also said that he discussed the reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor and the Home Minister assured him that a decision on this issue will be taken soon.
Talking about the farmers' protest against the three farm laws, he said that he requested Shah that the Centre should take back these laws.
This was his second visit to the national capital and first meeting with Amit Shah after he became the Chief Minister.
Earlier in the day, equating the barbarous incident of Lakhimpur Kheri with the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Charanjit Singh Channi said that the incident was pre-planned to intentionally crush the innocent farmers who were peacefully protesting against the farm laws.
According to sources, it was only CM Charanjit Singh Channi who had left for Delhi, however, his chopper was made to land in Chandigarh airport where Working President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Kuljit Nagra and Congress MP from Ludhiana, who is in the race for the post of new Punjab Congress President Ravneet Singh Bittu along with Channi boarded a chartered plane to Delhi.
Sources say this was done on the orders from the Congress high command in Delhi.
Previously, Channi came to Delhi after taking command of the state to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 1 and raised the three major issues of Punjab farmers with the Prime Minister in his first official meeting.
During the meeting with the PM, he raised the issue of the delay in procurement of Paddy in Punjab and also raised the three contentious farm laws as the prolonged agitation was damaging the agriculture driven economy of Punjab whose people had fought and died for the country.
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