Sidhu stages ‘rail roko’ on freight corridor issue

Charging the UPA government with discriminating against Amritsar by not extending the freight corridor till the Holy City...

Written by Shaheen P Parshad | Amritsar | Published: February 10, 2009 12:02 am

Charging the UPA government with discriminating against Amritsar by not extending the freight corridor till the Holy City,BJP Lok Sabha MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today staged a “rail roko” protest to express his resentment in this regard at the Amritsar railway station.

Shouting slogans against the UPA government and Sonia Gandhi and sporting black flags,Sidhu,on this occasion,sat in a dharna on the rail track and blocked the Amritsar-Ambala DMU to voice his discontentment.

The BJP MP assured that this corridor would be extended to Amritsar within three months if the NDA came to power. “This corridor is our right and we will virtually snatch it,” he asserted. He charged the UPA government with completely ignoring the Holy City as far as developmental was concerned. “Everything promised by the UPA government has been a hollow promise and a farce,” said Sidhu.

Sidhu maintained that he had already sent a representation to the President of India for extending the freight corridor from Sonnanagar to Ludhiana till Amritsar keeping in view the trade between India and Pakistan. “However,once again the reply has not been forthcoming from the UPA government,” he said.

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