Navjot Singh Sidhu has landed the Congress in a pickle – once more.
The MLA from Punjab’s Amritsar (East) constituency triggered a row at this time after reportedly referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as his “bada bhai“, or elder brother.
Mr Sidhu – each the Congress’ state chief and an unrelenting critic of his personal occasion forward of subsequent yr’s election – was visiting the Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan (by way of the Kartarpur hall), earlier than which he and members of his entourage have been acquired and garlanded by a Pak official.
A video of that interplay was tweeted by the BJP’s Amit Malviya.
Within the quick clip the Pak official greets Mr Sidhu on behalf of Prime Minister Khan, to which the previous India cricketer appears to reply: “Thanks… he (Imran Khan) is like my bhai… my bada bhai.”
Mr Malviya and the BJP have misplaced no time tearing into the Congress, the Gandhis and “a Pakistan-loving Sidhu”, together with reminding voters about his controversial embrace of Pak Military chief Common Qamar Javed Bajwa in 2018, for which he was ticked off by ex-Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
“Rahul Gandhi’s favorite, Navjot Sidhu, calls Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his ‘bada bhai’. Final time he hugged Common Bajwa, Pakistan Military’s Chief, heaped praises. Is it any shock the Gandhi siblings selected a Pakistan-loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh?” Mr Malviya tweeted.
Rahul Gandhi’s favorite Navjot Singh Sidhu calls Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his “bada bhai”. Final time he had hugged Gen Bajwa, Pakistan Military’s Chief, heaped praises.
Is it any shock that the Gandhi siblings selected a Pakistan loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh? pic.twitter.com/zTLHEZT3bC
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) November 20, 2021
That final line has raised some eyebrows, given Mr Singh has shaped his personal political outfit and has confirmed he’s open to seat-sharing offers with the BJP and breakaway Akali Dal factions.
The BJP’s Sambit Patra accused the Congress of ‘appeasement politics’, referring to Salman Khurshid’s e-book and the comparability of “Hindutva” and Islamist terror teams like ISIS.
“Different leaders of Congress additionally gave statements in opposition to ”Hindutva”. Rahul Gandhi stated ”Hindutva ko Bharat se khatra hai‘,”he declared, calling it a “designed sample… to provide pro-Pak statements”.
It wasn’t simply the BJP that slammed the Congress; Akali Dal chief Daljit Singh Cheema accused Mr Sidhu of wanting “publicity”. “He has no inkling of tasks… says such issues intentionally.”
AAP chief Raghav Chadha additionally chimed in, saying it’s “deeply worrying that Punjab’s ruling occasion and Chief Minister) are professing their love for Pak PM and Pakistan”.
Deeply worrying that Punjab’s ruling occasion chief & Chief Minister are professing their love for Pak PM & Pakistan- a rustic that exports terror,executes terror modules, sends tiffin bombs & drones arms/medication into Punjab. Do Sidhu and Channi not worth the martyrdom of our jawans? pic.twitter.com/jd2F7XnHHY
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) November 20, 2021
The assaults on the Congress come months earlier than Punjab votes for a brand new authorities..
Mr Sidhu’s comment was criticised by his occasion too. “Imran Khan could also be anyone’s elder brother however, for India, he’s the cat’s paw of the Pak deep state – the ISI-military mix,” MP Manish Tewari stated.
Nonetheless, in an indication of the persevering with discord inside the occasion’s ranks forward of the election, minister Pargat Singh appeared to defend Mr Sidhu.
“When PM Modi goes (to Pak) he’s ‘desh premi‘. When Sidhu goes, he’s ‘desh drohi‘. Cannot I name you a brother? We observe Guru Nanak Dev’s philosophy,” Mr Singh instructed information company ANI.
As for Mr Sidhu, he appeared unconcerned by the row his remarks have induced. To a direct query in regards to the BJP’s accusations, he stated: “Let the BJP say no matter they need.”
On the re-opening of the hall, he praised each Prime Minister Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and known as on them to additionally re-open cross-border commerce by way of Punjab.
India just lately re-opened the Kartarpur hall – closed as a result of pandemic – and, other than pilgrims, political leaders from Punjab have visited the gurudwara in Pakistan. These visits prompted extra controversy state after Mr Sidhu was excluded from a bunch led by Chief Minister Charanjit Channi.
Mr Sidhu and Mr Channi have strained ties, significantly after the previous threatened to give up as a result of he disagreed with the latter’s picks for Advocate Common and police chief. After a interval of sulking Mr Sidhu lastly acquired his manner yesterday with new appointments.
With enter from ANI