Khattar calls for resolving the Chandigarh issue by sitting together

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Monday that the Chandigarh issue cannot be "passed unilaterally in the Assembly," and that it must be handled through "sitting together."

"There must be a hidden objective behind this," Khattar added, referring to the Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab, which recently approved a resolution confirming the state's claim over Chandigarh.

"The issue of Chandigarh should be settled by sitting together; it is not something that can be voted in the Assembly unilaterally." "They (AAP) have only been in power for four days and are already raising these contentious issues; there must be a secret goal behind this," Khattar told reporters here.

Chandigarh would always be the capital of both Haryana and Punjab, said the Chief Minister, who also stated that the public will "see their (AAP's) agenda."  The Punjabi people will be able to see their agenda. We will not allow it to achieve its objective. He stated that Chandigarh "was, is, and will remain the capital of Haryana and Punjab."

The dispute over Chandigarh resurfaced when the Punjab Assembly passed a resolution on Friday confirming the state's claim to the city. The move came after the Central Government decided to apply the Central Service Rules to Chandigarh personnel.

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