Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from Punjab, along with national general secretaries Dushyant Gautam and Tarun Chugh, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday and requested him to reopen the Kartarpur corridor before Gurpurab, which falls on November 19.
Pilgrimage to the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara was suspended in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The delegation, composed of 11 leaders from Punjab, met Mr. Modi here and conveyed the sentiments of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s devotees, BJP Punjab unit president Ashwani Sharma said.
Mr. Sharma said the Prime Minister assured them that he would look into their demand. The BJP leaders from Punjab are also expected to meet party president J.P. Nadda later in the day and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday.
The Kartarpur corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district.
Mr. Chugh, who was part of the delegation, said the party leaders from Punjab also thanked Mr. Modi for taking landmark initiatives for the well-being of both Punjab and the Sikh community.
The delegation is known to have raised the issue of the continuing protests against the three farm laws passed by Parliament last year. According to some who were part of the delegation, the Prime Minister reiterated his old stance that the Union Government was ready for talks with farmers groups.