It seems Captain Amarinder Singh has not yet forgiven Canada for putting a “ban” on his programmes in the country recently as he declined to meet the Canadian High Commissioner in India.
In a statement issued here Wednesday, Amarinder said that the Canadian High Commissioner in a letter had offered to meet him after he wrote a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau protesting the ban.
Refusing the offer, Amarinder said, “I do not think anything further will emerge from such a meeting as I have already expressed my views”.
Citing discriminatory approach adopted by the Canadian government, which had earlier allowed representatives of SAD-BJP alliance and the AAP to hold similar meetings there, Amarinder said, “ Their interactions did not warrant any action by your government. They did their bit and returned to India. In my case, however, the matter took a different turn.”
Amarinder also referred to the complaint by Gurpatwant Singh Pannu saying, “I understand that this intervention against me took place after a letter written to your Ministry of Global Affairs by a known antagonist of India and a lawyer representing asylum seekers both in the US in New York, and in Toronto, Gurpatwant Singh Pannu. I however find it strange that a known anti-Indian individual’s views were given precedence over an Indian MP who is the deputy leader of the Opposition in Parliament of India, and who is also the president of the state Congress in Punjab”, he added.
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Amarinder suggested to the High Commissioner that it would be more appropriate for his government to ban all such interactions for all irrespective of the party they belong to and not just a selective leader as was done in his case. “If you wish to uphold your law, alternatively please do so, liberalise them to some extent, to avoid embarrassment to a speaker or to Canada itself”, he said.