Chandigarh, April 22 : Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh has lodged a “strong protest” with the Canadian government over the alleged denial of permission for his proposed “interactive meetings” with the Punjabis living in Toronto and Vancouver.
After his political meetings with non-resident Indians in Canada were cancelled, Amarinder shot off an angry letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to lodge a “strong protest” on the issue.
“It feels like a gag order that has left a very bad taste, more so when issued by a democratic government like the Canadian,” said Amarinder, who is also deputy leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha.
Amarinder Singh embarked on a 20-day visit to the United States and Canada on April 19 to muster political and financial support from Punjabi NRIs. Elections for Punjab’s 117-member assembly are scheduled to be held early next year.
The Congress leader is scheduled to undertake a trip to Canada from April 23 to 30. He earlier met Punjabi NRIs in Chicago in the US this week.
Quoting the Canadian Constitution, the Congress leader said he “neither represented any government at the moment, nor was organising any election campaign since there are no elections scheduled in Punjab right now or in the immediate future”.
“I have no intention or purpose to establish any political party or movement in Canada,” Amarinder said in the letter.