Ahmedabad: Undeterred by the FIR against him over speech in Bihar, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu continued his attack on PM Modi while campaigning for Lok Sabha elections here.
At a rally on Tuesday, Sidhu addressed the PM and said it was only his (PM’s) brand of patriotism that meant doing yoga on an empty stomach. Ridiculing the Modi government for its various schemes, Sidhu said, “Ye rashtrabhakti hai tumhari ki pet khali hai aur yoga karaya ja raha hai, Baba Ramdev hi bana do sabko. Pet khali hai yoga karaya ja raha hai aur jeb khali hai khaata khulvaya ja raha hai (You are making people do yoga on empty stomach…turning everyone into Baba Ramdev. Stomachs are empty and you’re propagating yoga, pockets are empty and you’re opening their bank accounts).”
Sidhu was taking a jibe at the Centre’s Jan Dhan Yojana which is a financial inclusion programme that ensures access to financial services, like banking, remittance, insurance and pension. An account can be opened under the scheme with zero balance.
A daily also quoted him as saying that Gujarat, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, has produced a Prime Minister who happened to be the “biggest liar”. Canvassing for Congress’s Valsad Lok Sabha candidate Jitu Chaudhary in Dang district, Sidhu said the prime minister was ‘jhootha No. 1″ and ‘feku No. 1’.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged against Sidhu for telling a gathering in Bihar that the trick to defeating PM Modi was to vote en bloc. Bihar Chief Electoral Officer H R Srinivasa had confirmed, “An FIR has been lodged against Sidhu under a section of Indian Penal Code and section 123 (3) of the Representation of the People Act.”
In Katihar for an election rally, Sidhu had urged Muslims to vote en bloc and defeat the PM while canvassing for veteran Congress leader and former union minister Tariq Anwar.