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MP Sukh Dhaliwal’s Mother among Thousands of Surreyites Stranded in India

MP Sukh Dhaliwal’s Mother among Thousands of Surreyites Stranded in India

SURREY: Thousands of Surreyites including Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal’s mother are believed to be stranded in India under the country’s COVID-19 lockdown.

On March 25, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a total lockdown on the country in an attempt to thwart coronavirus from spreading among people.

People in India are banned from venturing outside their homes.

Surrey MP’s Mom Stranded

Surrey-Newton Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal’s 80-year-old mother is among those Surreyites now in India, under curfew.

Dhaliwal said he, too, is putting pressure on Champagne.

MP Sukh Dhaliwal’s Mother among Thousands of Surreyites Stranded in India

Sukh Dhaliwal said that the federal government is trying to negotiate with India to open up its airspace for those who are stranded in the country.

The MP said his mother is booked to return to Canada on May 4.

“Basically I hope she stays safe there. And that’s the choice she made; she made a choice to stay there and I’m sure she will be able to come back safely, and that’s what it is,” Dhaliwal said.

Every year in spring, thousands of Canadians head to India to visit family and friends, often staying for a month at a time, most typically in the Punjab region.

More than 15,000 Canadian passport holders are currently registered with Global Affairs Canada as being in India, according to the federal government.

The government has not specified how many of those people want to return to Canada.

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