Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana K.P. Singh has written to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj requesting her to take up the issue of Canada’s refusal to allow entry to two State legislators — Kultar Singh Sandhwan and Amarjit Singh Sandoa — who had gone there on a private visit last week.

Expressing concern over the issue, Mr. Singh wrote, “All legislative bodies of India and Canada are branches of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and members of the legislative bodies in both the countries are members of the CPA. On the one hand, we strive for increasing CPA activities like brotherhood, mutual understanding, cooperation, exchange of experiences and improvement of ties between the members of the legislative bodies of the two countries, but on the other hand, our MLAs, public representatives are treated differently and humiliated.”

Mr. Singh said the two MLAs, both from the Aam Aadmi Party, were travelling with valid documents and had disclosed their identity at the Ottawa airport. “Whatever be the circumstances, the discourteous behaviour shown to the Punjab MLAs by the Canadian authorities is unbecoming on their part, which is a matter of grave concern,” he said.

“I request you to take cognisance of this incident and consider taking up this matter with the appropriate authorities of the Canadian government so that public representatives from our country are not subjected to such type of untoward and humiliating incidents in future,” he wrote in the letter.

Mr. Sandhwan and Mr. Sandoa were reportedly detained and quizzed by the Canadian immigration officials regarding the purpose of their visit last Sunday. They were sent back to India from the airport.

Whatever be the circumstances, the discourteous behaviour shown to the Punjab MLAs by the Canadian authorities is unbecoming on their part, which is a matter of grave concern

Rana K.P. SinghPunjab Assembly Speaker

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