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Only VIPs, relatives on list of first jatha

Only VIPs, relatives on list of first jatha

Rajmeet Singh & Ravi Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh/Gurdaspur, Nov 6

Only VIPs and their family members will be the first to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib via Kartarpur corridor on November 9.

The Punjab Government’s list of pilgrims for the inaugural jatha has been restricted to 400 by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The portal ‘Parkash Purb 550’, on which details were to be given, was closed as soon 400 names were uploaded, official sources said.

As a result, the names of 20 pilgrims from each of the 22 districts forwarded by the respective DCs could not be uploaded. Initially, the government officials believed that the details of 550 persons had to be forwarded to the MHA.

The list of prominent Sikh leaders and other dignitaries from Congress include Dr Manmohan Singh, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and family members, Jyoraditya Scindia, RPN Singh, Asha Kumari, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Deepender Hooda, Jitin Prasad, besides MLAs and MPs from Punjab and their spouses.

The Union Ministry of External Affairs has shared a list of 575 pilgrims, who will be visiting Gurdwara Darbar Sahib via corridor to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 9. The names of Union Ministers Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Hardeep Puri are on the list of the Union Government.

Meanwhile, Pakistan is yet to clear the list of Indian dignitaries. Keeping in view Pakistan’s indecisiveness of some vital issues, some of the VVIPs are not even sure whether they will actually cross over on November 9 or not.

Confusion over passport

Sources say Imran Khan’s tweet waiving the requirement of a passport holds no water till a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two countries is redrafted.

“One of the conditions envisaged in the MoU, signed on October 23, was that passports would be required and now Khan is claiming they are not mandatory. Islamabad’s attitude is contrary to the spirit of pilgrimage. If the Indian government accedes to Khan’s waiver, the MoU will have to be redrafted which, at this stage, look to be improbable proposition. Hence, the waiver may not be affected at all,” said a minister.

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