Navjot Sidhu calls Pak PM ‘big brother’, BJP targets him, Rahul Gandhi

Navjot Sidhu was visiting Kartarpur Corridor and Gurdwara in Pakistan

Chandigarh:

Navjot Singh Sidhu has once again put the Congress in a pickle.

An MLA from Punjab’s Amritsar (East) constituency courted controversy today after he allegedly called Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his “”.elder brother“Or big brother.

Mr Sidhu – both state chief of Congress and an unrelenting critic of his own party ahead of next year’s election – was visiting the Darbar Sahib Gurdwara (via the Kartarpur Corridor) in Pakistan, before which he and his party members met. They were welcomed and garlanded. by Pakistani official.

A video of that conversation was tweeted by BJP’s Amit Malviya.

In the short clip, the Pakistan official congratulated Sidhu on behalf of Prime Minister Khan, to which the former India cricketer replied: “Thank you…he (Imran Khan) is like me. Brother… My elder brother,

Mr Malviya and the BJP hit out at the Congress, the Gandhi family and the “Pakistan-loving Sidhu”, including reminding voters in 2018 about their controversial embrace of Pak Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, for which he was ticketed , I haven’t lost any time. Former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

“Rahul Gandhi’s favourite, Navjot Sidhu, calls Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his ‘big brother.’ That the Gandhi siblings chose the Pakistan-loving Sidhu over the veteran Amarinder. Singh?” Mr Malviya tweeted.

That last line raised some eyebrows, as Mr Singh has carved out his own political outfit and confirmed that he is open to seat-sharing deals with factions of the BJP and the Akali Dal.

BJP’s Sambit Patra accused the Congress of doing “appeasement politics” and comparing “Hindutva” and Islamic terror groups like ISIS, citing a book by Salman Khurshid.

Other Congress leaders also made statements against ‘Hindutva’. Rahul Gandhi saidHindutva is threatened by India‘,” he declared, calling it a “pattern designed to make pro-Pakistan statements…”.

It was not just the BJP that reprimanded the Congress; Akali Dal leader Daljit Singh Cheema accused Sidhu of seeking “publicity”. “They have no sense of responsibilities… say such things intentionally.”

AAP leader Raghav Chadha also said, “It is extremely worrying that the ruling party and the Chief Minister of Punjab are expressing their love for the Pak PM and Pakistan.”

The attacks on the Congress come months ahead of the votes for the new government in Punjab.

Sidhu’s remarks were also criticized by his party. MP Manish Tewari said, “Imran Khan can be anyone’s elder brother, but for India he is the cat’s claw of the deep state of Pakistan – the ISI-military alliance.”

However, in a sign of continuing discord within the party’s ranks ahead of the election, Minister Pargat Singh seemed to be defending Mr. Sidhu.

“When PM Modi goes to (Pakistan) he’country premier, On Sidhu’s departure heterrorist, Can’t I call you brother? We follow the philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev,” Mr Singh told news agency ANI.

As far as Sidhu is concerned, he seemed unfazed by the controversy created by his remarks. Responding to a direct question about the BJP’s allegations, he said, “Let the BJP say whatever it wants.”

On reopening the corridor, he praised both Prime Minister Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and called on them to reopen cross-border trade through Punjab.

India recently reopened the Kartarpur Corridor – closed due to the pandemic – and besides pilgrims, political leaders from Punjab have visited the gurdwara in Pakistan. Those visits sparked further controversy after Sidhu was ousted from the group led by Chief Minister Charanjit Channi.

Mr Sidhu and Mr Channi’s relations have been strained, especially after the former threatened to step down because he disagreed with the latter’s choice for advocate general and police chief. After agonizing for some time, Sidhu finally got new appointments yesterday.

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