Indian cricketer turn politician Navjot Singh Sidhu is under fire after his Pulwama remarks in favor of Pakistan, as Hindu extremists parties are demanding the removal of Navjot Singh Sidhu from Punjab cabinet over his remarks.
“It seems Sony TV and ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ organisers are more patriotic than the Congress, which is sitting mutely while its senior minister bats for Pakistan and its terror machine. I want to ask Rahul if he will sit quietly and bear the insult meted out to the country and its soldiers by Sidhu. Sidhu should be sacked promptly or Indians will surmise that his statement was made at the directions of Rahul,” former minister Bikram Singh Majithia told media persons. The BJP’s Punjab chief and Rajya Sabha member Shwait Malik called Sidhu a “traitor” and urged all Indians to boycott him socially.
“Sidhu has been living in India but continually praising Pakistan and its Prime Minister. The whole country is mourning the death of soldiers but Sidhu has been favouring Pakistan. Why doesn’t he shift there permanently?” said Malik, while asking Rahul Gandhi to sack him from the party.
The minister had told reporters on Friday: “It (the attack) is a cowardly act and I condemn it firmly. Violence is always condemnable and those who did it must be punished. But can a few terrorists stop a nation’s development or aspirations of 12 crore followers of Guru Nanak for a corridor to Kartarpur.”
Earlier on Saturday, Sidhu said that he won’t be cowed down by trolls as he came under fire on social media. “I will not be cowed down by trolls and media houses controlled by the BJP. Everyone knows who is behind all this (Sidhu bashing).”
Jakhar chose to echo the views of Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh that peace and terror cannot go hand in hand. “Pakistan has to realise that it cannot provide a safe haven for terror groups and talk peace too. The NDA regime has the intelligence and diplomatic inputs to ensure such acts are not repeated,” Jakhar said.
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17 November, 2019