Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday addressed NRIs in Chicago, assuring them that they should visit Punjab “without any fear”.
“He assured the members of the Punjabi community that they should not feel apprehensive while coming to Punjab just because they held particular views about particular political parties,” a spokesman of the Punjab Congress here said.
Amarinder made these assertions while responding to the NRIs’ concerns and apprehensions while interacting with him in Chicago. Amarinder told the NRIs that he was aware of their problems and the persecution they faced in Punjab at the hands of Akalis, the spokesman said.
“I guarantee you that irrespective of the political opinions you hold, your interests will be watched at all costs,” Amarinder told the gathering. “Just because you may differ with me on certain issues does not mean you should face any hostility or persecution,” he said.
The NRIs had asserted that though they were doing well in countries like the US and Canada, they were still concerned about what was happening back home, the spokesman said.
“Amarinder told the NRIs that it was not only them who were being persecuted, even the locals in Punjab were also targeted since they did not succumb to Akalis’ pressure,” the spokesman said.
Earlier, Amarinder got a rousing reception in Chicago during his first leg of the 20-day tour to the US and Canada.