New Delhi: Taking a jibe at Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for comparing South India with Pakistan, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra asked the Congress leader to become part of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet. “This is the ‘conspiracy’ of the Congress party to divide the nation on the lines of north and south parts of the country,” claimed Patra, while speaking to reporters. Also Read - BJP's J&K Unit Celebrates Accession Day With Fervour

“The kind of love he (Sidhu) exudes for Pakistan, the only advice which we can give is Sidhu please proceed to become a part of Imran Khan’s cabinet. Repeatedly engaging with Pakistan shows a conspiracy. It depicts his mentality to divide north and south India and that is a strategy being followed by the whole of Congress,” Patra said. Also Read - Uddhav Launches Fresh Salvo at BJP Over Free Vaccine Promise, GST; Dares Party to Topple Maha Govt | Highlights

Earlier in the day, BJP leader  GVL Narasimha Rao had asked Congress president Rahul Gandhi to apologise to every south Indian over Navojt Singh Sidhu’s controversial remarks that Pakistan is better than South India. Also Read - Pakistan: 4 Killed in Bomb Blast in Balochistan’s Quetta

“We know your party loves Pakistan  and your members sing its praises. Rahul Gandhi should apologise to every south Indian and ask Navjot Sidhu to apologise as well. Sidhu should be sacked,” Rao had stated.

Notably, Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu stoked a fresh controversy on Saturday by saying that visiting Pakistan is better than going to South India.

“When I go to South India, I can hardly understand a word, except for two-three like vadakkam. I am okay with the food there. I can have dishes like idli but then I cannot have the South Indian cuisine for long. But if I go to Pakistan, they speak Punjabi and English and I can relate more to them. Everything there is amazing,”  Sidhu had said, while speaking at the first edition of Kasauli Literature Festival.

Earlier Sidhu had  faced wrath from all quarters for attending Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony as Pakistan Prime Minister and hugging the Pakistani army chief Bajwa.