Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said he won't meet Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan during his expected visit to India later this month.
"Harjit Sajjan is a Khalistani sympathizer and so was his father," Amarinder claimed on a TV news programme.
Amarinder also spoke candidly about issues such as the beef ban, India-Pakistan relations and electronic voting machines.
Punjab CM calls Canada's Defence Minister "Khalistani sympathizer"
Who is Harjit Sajjan?
Harjit Sajjan, 46, hails from Punjab's Hoshiarpur district. He and his family moved to Vancouver, Canada, in 1976.
He served as an organized crime detective in the Vancouver Police Department.
He later joined the Canadian Armed Forces and was decorated for his three tours in Afghanistan.
He was elected MP in 2015 and subsequently became the first Sikh to become Minister of Defence.
Amarinder alleges "Khalistani sympathizer" ministers blocked his entry into Canada
"There were, in fact, five ministers in the Justin Trudeau government who were Khalistani sympathizers and I will not have any truck with them," he said during the programme.
In a press release, Amarinder said these ministers had "prevailed upon the government to prevent my entry into Canada, where I wanted to go to meet my Punjabi brethren and not to campaign for elections."
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"It is my responsibility to offer (Singh) a meeting, and if he he doesn't want to meet me…that's for them to figure out," Sajjan said.
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