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Is India at war with Pak, Amarinder asks Modi

punjab Updated: Oct 05, 2016 10:02 IST
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Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh in Tarn Taran district on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clear whether India was at war with Pakistan even as he criticised the eviction of villagers from the border areas of Punjab.

Addressing meetings in Khem Karan and Tarn Taran along the International Border, the former CM said surgical strikes were carried out across the Line of Control (LoC) even during the Congress regime, but nobody tried to take political mileage out of it.

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Expressing solidarity with border villagers, he assured his party’s support to them in this hour of crisis. The former CM said he would take a house on rent in the border village of Rajatal, 500 metres from the International Border, to stay with the villagers. He also asked the border villagers to stay put in their homes and carry on with their harvesting.

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“I am concerned for the people of the border belt who are being asked to move out of their homes leaving their properties, crops and livestock behind,” the state Congress chief said.

He also promised to take up the problems being faced by the border villagers in Parliament’s next session. “If need be, we will stage a dharna in the Lok Sabha,” he added.

EVACUATION: AAP ASKS CM TO CLEAR STAND

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi party on Tuesday asked chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to come clean on “chaos” created in the border villages by asking people to vacate their houses. Addressing a press conference, AAP vicepresident Col CD Kamboj (retd), head of the NRI wing Jagtar Sanghera and AAP candidate from Balachaur Brigadier Raj Kumar (retd) and state convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi sought Badal’s clarification after a tweet of director general (DG) of the Border Security Force that evacuation was never ordered in border villages.

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