New Delhi: Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu responded on Saturday after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked him for calling Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan a “big brother”.
It comes after Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Chairman Navjot Singh Sidhu earlier today reached the Kartarpur Corridor Integrated Checkpoint at Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan.
Responding to media questions about the BJP’s salvo on him, Navjot Singh Sidhu said: “Let the BJP say whatever it wants “
Previously, Amit Malviya, head of the BJP’s national information and technology department, shared a video clip of Navjot Singh Sidhu on Twitter, writing: “Rahul Gandhi’s favorite Navjot Singh Sidhu calls on Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan his “bada bhai”. The last time he kissed General Bajwa, chief of the Pakistani army, he praised. Is it any surprise that the Gandhi siblings chose a Pakistan-loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh?
In the alleged video, as Sidhu is greeted on behalf of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, the leader of the Punjab Congress can be heard saying: “Mera bada bhai hai. Usne bohot pyaar diya hai mujhe. (He’s my older brother . He gave me a lot of love) ”.
As the case attracted attention, Punjab Minister Pargat Singh hit back at the BJP, saying: “When Prime Minister Modi goes (to Pakistan) he is a ‘Desh Premi’, when Sidhu goes., He is ‘Desh Drohi’. I can’t call you a brother. We follow the philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev, “ANI reported.
Notably, former Capt Amarinder Singh of Punjab CM, who is expected to align with the BJP in the upcoming state assembly elections, called Navjot Singh Sidhu a “threat to national security”.
Shortly after he resigns from the post of chief minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh had underlined that Sidhu “is friends with (the head of the Pakistani army) Qamar Javed Bajwa and the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan”.
“For the sake of my country, I will oppose his name (Navjot Singh Sidhu) for CM of Punjab. It is a matter of national security. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is his friend. Sidhu has a relationship with the army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, ”he said.
Meanwhile, Punjab Congressman Navjot Singh Sidhu credited both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Imran Khan for reopening the Kartarpur Sahib corridor: “With the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Pakistani Imran Khan, it was made possible “.
“I ask that if you want to change the life of Punjab, we should open the borders (for cross border trade). Why go through Mundra Port, a total of 2100 km? Why not from here, where there are only 21 km (in Pakistan), ”he said, quoted by ANI.