New Delhi: Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party for raising question on his Pakistan visit, saying he won’t prove patriotism to people whose name cropped up in 2002 Godhra riots. Sidhu was speaking to reporters in poll-bound Chhattisgarh after campaigning for his party for the upcoming Assembly elections 2018. The cricketer-turned-politician is among the several star campaigners selected by the grand old party for poll campaigning in the state. Also Read - 'Was Needed to Keep India Safe,' PM Defends Lockdown; Apologises For Inconvenience to People
“Is the PM jealous that he was not called (for Imran Khan’s oath ceremony)? Is he jealous that he went to Pakistan uninvited (for Nawaz Sharif’s birthday)? I’ll not prove my patriotism to people whose name came up in Godhra(riots case),” news agency ANI quoted Sidhu as saying. Also Read - PM Modi Thanks Akshay Kumar For Donating Rs 25 Crore to Fight Against Coronavirus
Sidhu’s latest remarks on PM Modi came nearly a month after the BJP asked the Punjab minister to become part of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet. Also Read - Mann ki Baat: I Know You Would Forgive me, PM Modi Apologises For Lockdown
“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,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra had said after Sidhu had compared South India with Pakistan.
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 Qamar Javed Bajwa.