Navjot Sidhu Calls Pak PM Imran Khan Bada Bhai, BJP Rips Into Him, Rahul Gandhi

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Navjot Sidhu used to be visiting the Kartarpur hall and gurudwara in Pakistan

Chandigarh:

Navjot Singh Sidhu has landed the Congress in a pickle – once more.

The MLA from Punjab’s Amritsar (East) constituency brought about a row lately after reportedly regarding Pakistan High Minister Imran Khan as his “bada bhai“, or elder brother.

Mr Sidhu – each the Congress’ state leader and an unrelenting critic of his personal birthday party forward of subsequent 12 months’s election – used to be visiting the Darbar Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan (by the use of the Kartarpur hall), sooner than which he and contributors of his entourage had been won and garlanded via a Pak legitimate.

A video of that interplay used to be tweeted via the BJP’s Amit Malviya.

Within the quick clip the Pak legitimate greets Mr Sidhu on behalf of High Minister Khan, to which the previous India cricketer turns out to reply: “Thanks… he (Imran Khan) is like my bhai… my bada bhai.”

Mr Malviya and the BJP have misplaced no time tearing into the Congress, the Gandhis and “a Pakistan-loving Sidhu”, together with reminding citizens about his arguable include of Pak Military leader Normal Qamar Javed Bajwa in 2018, for which he used to be ticked off via ex-Leader Minister Amarinder Singh.

“Rahul Gandhi’s favorite, Navjot Sidhu, calls Pakistan High Minister Imran Khan his ‘bada bhai’. Remaining time he hugged Normal Bajwa, Pakistan Military’s Leader, heaped praises. Is it any marvel the Gandhi siblings selected a Pakistan-loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh?” Mr Malviya tweeted.

That ultimate line has raised some eyebrows, given Mr Singh has shaped his personal political outfit and has showed 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’, regarding Salman Khurshid’s guide and the comparability of “Hindutva” and Islamist terror teams like ISIS.

“Different leaders of Congress additionally gave statements in opposition to ”Hindutva”. Rahul Gandhi mentioned ”Hindutva ko Bharat se khatra hai‘,”he declared, calling it a “designed development… to provide pro-Pak statements”.

It wasn’t simply the BJP that slammed the Congress; Akali Dal chief Daljit Singh Cheema accused Mr Sidhu of in need of “exposure”. “He has no inkling of tasks… says such issues intentionally.”

AAP chief Raghav Chadha additionally chimed in, announcing it’s “deeply being worried that Punjab’s ruling birthday party and Leader Minister) are professing their love for Pak PM and Pakistan”.

The assaults at the Congress come months sooner than Punjab votes for a brand new govt..

Mr Sidhu’s commentary used to be criticised via his birthday party too. “Imran Khan is also anyone’s elder brother however, for India, he’s the cat’s paw of the Pak deep state – the ISI-military mix,” MP Manish Tewari mentioned.

Then again, in an indication of the ongoing discord throughout the birthday party’s ranks forward of the election, minister Pargat Singh gave the impression to protect Mr Sidhu.

“When PM Modi is going (to Pak) he’s ‘desh premi‘. When Sidhu is going, he’s ‘desh drohi‘. Can not I name you a brother? We observe Guru Nanak Dev’s philosophy,” Mr Singh informed information company ANI.

As for Mr Sidhu, he seemed unconcerned via the row his remarks have brought about. To an immediate query concerning the BJP’s accusations, he mentioned: “Let the BJP say no matter they would like.”

At the re-opening of the hall, he praised each High Minister Khan and High Minister Narendra Modi, and referred to as on them to additionally re-open cross-border business by the use of Punjab.

India just lately re-opened the Kartarpur hall – closed because of the pandemic – and, excluding pilgrims, political leaders from Punjab have visited the gurudwara in Pakistan. The ones visits caused extra controversy state after Mr Sidhu used to be excluded from a bunch led via Leader Minister Charanjit Channi.

Mr Sidhu and Mr Channi have strained ties, in particular after the previous threatened to give up as a result of he disagreed with the latter’s selections for Recommend Normal and police leader. After a length of sulking Mr Sidhu in the end were given his approach the previous day with new appointments.

With enter from ANI

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