Navjot Singh Sidhu has landed the Congress in a pickle – once more.
The MLA from Punjab’s Amritsar (East) constituency triggered a row at this time after reportedly referring to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as his “bada bhai“, or elder brother.
Mr Sidhu – each the Congress’ state chief and an unrelenting critic of his personal get together forward of subsequent 12 months’s election – was visiting the Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan (by way of the Kartarpur hall), after which he and members of his entourage had been obtained and garlanded by a Pak official.
A video of that interplay was tweeted by the BJP’s Amit Malviya.
Within the brief clip the Pak official greets Mr Sidhu on behalf of Prime Minister Khan, to which the previous India cricketer says: “Thanks… he (Imran Khan) is like my bhai… my bada bhai.”
Rahul Gandhi’s favorite Navjot Singh Sidhu calls Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his “bada bhai”. Final time he had hugged Gen Bajwa, Pakistan Military’s Chief, heaped praises.
Is it any shock that the Gandhi siblings selected a Pakistan loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh? pic.twitter.com/zTLHEZT3bC
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) November 20, 2021
Mr Malviya and the BJP have misplaced no time tearing into the Congress, the Gandhis and “a Pakistan-loving Sidhu”, together with reminding voters about his controversial embrace of Pak Military chief Basic Qamar Javed Bajwa in 2018, for which he was ticked off by ex-Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
“Rahul Gandhi’s favorite, Navjot Sidhu, calls Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his ‘bada bhai’. Final time he hugged Basic Bajwa, Pakistan Military’s Chief, heaped praises. Is it any shock the Gandhi siblings selected a Pakistan-loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh?” Mr Malviya tweeted.
That final line has raised some eyebrows, given Mr Singh has fashioned his personal political outfit and has confirmed he’s open to seat-sharing offers with the BJP and breakaway Akali Dal factions.
The BJP’s Sambit Patra accused the Congress of ‘appeasement politics’, referring to Salman Khurshid’s e book and the comparability of “Hindutva” and Islamist terror teams like ISIS.
Mr Khurshid’s e book on Ayodhya triggered an enormous row, with the BJP (once more predictably) accusing the Congress chief and get together of taking part in “communal politics” to get Muslim votes in poll-bound UP.
“Navjot Sidhu isn’t proper for India, and Punjab deserves higher than him,” Mr Patra declared.
The BJP’s assaults on the Congress come months earlier than Punjab votes, and with the ruling get together apparently perpetually getting ready to a disaster triggered by feedback from Mr Sidhu, its state chief.
Mr Sidhu’s comment about Prime Minister Imran Khan haven’t gone down properly inside the get together both.
“Imran Khan could also be anyone’s elder brother however, for India, he’s that cat’s paw of the Pak deep state – the ISI-military mix,” MP Manish Tewari stated.
Nevertheless, in an indication of the persevering with discord inside the Congress’ ranks forward of the election, Punjab minister Pargat Singh appeared to defend Mr Sidhu.
“When PM Modi goes (to Pak) he’s ‘desh premi‘. When Sidhu goes, he’s ‘desh drohi‘. Cannot I name you a brother? We observe Guru Nanak Dev’s philosophy,” Mr Singh advised information company ANI.
As for Mr Sidhu, he appeared unconcerned by the row his remarks have induced. To a direct query in regards to the BJP’s accusations, he stated: “Let the BJP say no matter they need.”
On the re-opening of the hall, he praised each Prime Minister Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and referred to as on them to additionally re-open cross-border commerce by way of Punjab.
India just lately re-opened the Kartarpur hall – closed as a result of pandemic – and, other than pilgrims, political leaders from Punjab have visited the gurudwara in Pakistan. These visits prompted extra controversy state after Mr Sidhu was excluded from a gaggle led by Chief Minister Charanjit Channi.
Mr Sidhu and Mr Channi have a tenuous relationship, notably after the previous threatened to stop his submit as Punjab Congress chief as a result of he disagreed with the latter’s picks for Advocate Basic and police chief. After a interval of sulking Mr Sidhu lastly received his manner yesterday with new appointments.
With enter from ANI