New Delhi: The Congress has reacted strongly to the proposed fee of Kartarpur Corridor, stating that Pakistan will charge $ 20 for every pilgrim. Official signatures for the corridor are due on 23 October. Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari has said, "If Pakistan insists on a $ 20 fee for the devotees of Kartarpur and India signs the agreement, then the NDA / BJP government promises to pay Jizya tax in the MoU Should. Paying the fee to go to Kartarpur Sahib is against the open philosophy and nature of the holy Ardas."
PM Modi is going to flag off the first batch on November 9. This led to Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeting that 550 devotees would be included in the first batch. PM Modi will inaugurate a unified checkpoint. Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh is also going to visit Kartarpur Sahib. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, however, has not accepted the Pakistani invitation and sources say that he could join an intra-party delegation in Kartarpur.
The Ministry of External Affairs has issued an official statement regarding this. It added that it is a matter of great disappointment that an understanding has been made on most elements to facilitate the pilgrimage from India, yet Pakistan continues to insist on levying a $ 20 per pilgrimage service fee on each trip.