Punjab CM seeks Centre’s help in rail blockade crisis, plans to meet Modi, Shah

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh

Stepping up his efforts to resolve the rail blockade crisis, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday urged the Centre to show magnanimity and not link the restoration of freight services with the movement of passenger trains and to support the state government in creating a congenial environment for ending the prolonged farmers’ agitation.

It is the joint responsibility of both the state and the central governments to provide a conducive environment for resolving the current crisis resulting from the suspension of train services, said the Punjab CM, who is likely to hold meetings soon with the Kisan Unions in Chandigarh as well as the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister in Delhi.

Singh said that he intended to hold discussions with farmers’ representatives and to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah regarding the issue.