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It was in Amritsar that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told him about the presence of Khalistani elements in his country trying to foment trouble here. But sources have said that he also wishes to discuss issues related to the Sikh diaspora in Canada supporting the creation of Khalistan, a separate Sikh nation, by dividing India.

He expressed the hope that his meeting with Trudeau would help strengthen the bilateral relations between Canada and India, particularly in the context of Punjab, which has a large diaspora in Canada.

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He was later asked by reporters whether the government would speak out against Sikh Canadians reportedly displaying martyr posters of the mastermind behind the deadly Air India attack, carried out by Sikh militants in 1985.

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Known for his plainspeak, Singh had earlier refused to meet six ministers in Trudeau's cabinet, saying they had links with the separatists, sparking off a big diplomatic row. Majority of NRIs supported Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which resulted in the secret alliance between Congress and SAD-BJP to keep AAP away from power. It is very unlikely that Canada government would be able to do much on this front without the involvement of center government. "It's about deep business and economic ties that Canada will grow".

The CM raised the issue of Indo-Canadians believed to be involved in targeted killings in Punjab, urging him to take cognizance of this. Capt Amarinder Singh could have used this opportunity to assure the NRIs that their properties in Punajb are safe and they are welcome to invest in Punjab. Unlike previous occasions when Modi personally welcomed global leaders at the airport, the Canadian prime minister was greeted by a junior minister in New Delhi.

The visit of Turdeau is also important fron that angle.

But Indian and Canadian media said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sidestepped his Canadian counterpart over the Trudeau administration's perceived support for Sikh separatists and dealings with Sikh groups in Canada.

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