New Delhi: Amid ongoing row over Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s jibe at Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu has asked Sidhu to apologise to Punjab Chief Minister.
“All the streets in Ludhiana are filled with posters that say ‘Punjab’s captain is our captain’. This is people’s sentiment. Navjot Singh Sidhu should apologise. If he considers Chief Minister his father, why is he hesitating in apologizing,” Bittu told to news agency ANI in Ludhiana.
The row started after Sidhu mocked Captain Amarinder Singh when reporters asked about his visit to Pakistan despite the Chief Minister disapproving it. Local Bodies and Tourism minister in Captain Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government, Sidhu, at a press conference in Hyderabad had said, “My captain is Congress president Rahul Gandhi. He sent me everywhere (Kartarpur Corridor). Rahul is also the captain of our captain (Punjab Chief Minister).”
Livid over Navjot Singh’s remarks, Punjab Minister TR Bajwa had asserted that if Sidhu did not recognise Amarinder as his ‘captain,’ then he should resign from his post. Punjab Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria had also slammed his Cabinet colleague and said that Sidhu should put down his papers if he disapproves of Amarinder as the state’s Chief Minister.
The cry for Sidhu’s resignation grew louder after Bittu also reiterated that those who disrespected Chief Minister Captain Amarinder should step aside from the Congress government in the state.
Sidhu was one of the invitees, who went to Pakistan to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on November 28. His remarks at the event also created furore back home as he not only mentioned the Rafale deal controversy in his speech but also heaped praises on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan had riled Amarinder Singh, who said he tried to dissuade Sidhu, following a grenade attack in Amritsar that left three people dead.
Since his return from Kartarpur, Sidhu has been criticised for lavishing praise on Imran Khan, who too showered special attention on him.
He was also targeted over a photograph which showed him posing with Gopal Singh Chawla, the Pakistan Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee head who is considered pro-Khalistan.
But Sidhu claimed “tens of thousands” of people wanted to take pictures with him in Kartarpur and he didn’t know Chawla.