New Delhi: Congress leader B K Hariprasad on Sunday came out in support of Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu saying that there was nothing wrong with what Sidhu had said. His reaction came a day after Sidhu courted a controversy by making derogatory remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale aircraft deal.
Talking to news agency ANI, B K Hariprasad said, “Ppl made Modi PM, he couldn’t digest it so called himself Pradhan Sevak, he then started calling himself Pradhan Chowkidaar. A theft has happened under his nose, what wrong did Sidhu say?”
On Saturday, Sidhu had said, “Rs 1,600 crore for a Rs 500 crore plane? Whose pockets did the Rs 1,100 crore fill? Who benefited from this shady deal? Even the chowkidar‘s dog is on the thieves’ side. (500 crore ka plane 1600 crore mein? 1100 crore kiski jeb mein dale, andar ki baat kis ke liye thi? Chowkidar ka kutta bhi chor se mil gaya hai).”
Sidhu had made these remarks while addressing a rally in Alwar district of poll-bound Rajasthan.
This is not the first time, Navjot Sidhu had made derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Modi. A few days back, he had called the Prime Minister a puppet of capitalists. “The prime minister is a ‘katputli’ of capitalists and he lies. If a farmer fails to repay a loan of Rs one lakh, the government beats drums,” Sidhu had said in Chhindwara district of poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, referring to an initiative where bank officials arranged beating of drums to shame defaulters.
He had also mocked PM Modi’s Make In India initiative, saying, “When Rafale jets will come from France and a bullet train from Japan, what will people do here? They will fry pakodas.”
It is to be noted here that Congress had been attacking the saffron party over the Rafale deal. The Rafale controversy had taken a new turn when Francois Hollande, who was French president when the Rs 58,000 crore deal was announced, was quoted as saying by French publication Mediapart that France was given “no choice” on selection of the Indian partner for Dassault and the Indian government proposed the name of Reliance as offset partner for the French aerospace giant.
Modi had announced the procurement of 36 Rafale fighters after holding talks with Hollande on April 10, 2015, in Paris.