Passport office inauguration: Bjp resents ignoring sidhu

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Old 30-Jun-2008
Post Passport office inauguration: Bjp resents ignoring sidhu


Amritsar June 30:
A controversy has arisen over breach of protocol by the Ministry of External Affairs by failing to provide proper seating on the dais to local MP Navjot Singh Sidhu during the inauguration of regional passport office by Pranab Mukherjee here yesterday.
District BJP president Bakshi Ram Arora said the party had advised Sidhu to take up this lapse with the Privileges Committee of Parliament for being ignored by officials of the Ministry of External Affairs during the opening of the passport office.
He said even Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had failed to acknowledge the presence of the local MP who had made efforts for the opening of a passport office in his constituency. Arora said Sidhu represented more than 15 lakh people of the Amritsar constituency and he had taken up the issue with the local passport officer about the lapse.
He said the passport officer feigned ignorance over the protocol breach and said the function was organised by senior officers of the ministry in New Delhi and had no role in preparing the programme schedule. The BJP president said he had informed Daljit Singh Cheema, adviser to the CM, about the missing name of the MP from the invitation card issued for this function.
He said the party would seek a written apology for the lapse on the part of ministry officials. He also blamed the Congress-led UPA government for this protocol fiasco.

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