Ahead of the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor, former Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal interacted with media on Friday. Parkash Singh Badal expressed his happiness over the awaited inauguration and said that the Sikh community has been waiting for it since 72 years.
During his conversation with media, Singh also commended the efforts of Kuldip Singh Wadala who regularly put forth the demands for a corridor leading to Kartarpur. Singh also spoke about the contributions of different parties that are involved in the inauguration of Kartarpur corridor.
"We have been waiting for this since 72 years ever since Pakistan was formed. I would also like to appreciate Sardar Kuldip Singh Wadala for his efforts for over 18 years," said Parkash Singh Badal.
"Many people have contributed to this. I would like to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his contribution. Similarly, others too have worked towards this. Even the workers have immensly contributed to this corridor," added Singh
Further talking about Guru Nanak, Singh highlighted several important teachings of the founder of Sikh religion and said that:
"Eliminating caste discrimination, bridging the gap between rich and poor, fighting against pollution and respecting women, all these teachings are important and should be followed by everyone." concluded Singh.
Ahead of the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor on November 9, Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has declined the offer of the Pakistani Government to be a guest at the inauguration ceremony. The Spiritual Guru has cited prior commitments for not being able to attend the event. Ravi Shankar is among the several dignitaries invited by the Pakistan government for the inauguration. Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is also among those invited by the Pakistan government.
The Kartarpur corridor connects Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Kartarpur with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab. While the foundation stone was laid last year on both the Indian and Pakistani sides, the project was initially stuck due to some disagreements such as Pakistan's decision to levy a hefty service charge of $20 on the pilgrims. The corridor will be inaugurated on November 9.