Navjot Singh Sidhu, the cricketer-turned-politician, is rarely short of words. And thanks to his no holds barred remarks, this motormouth Punjab leader is known as a controversy’s favourite child. This time he has stirred the hornet’s nest by taking a jibe at his own Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, which has eventually forced his colleagues in the cabinet to seek his resignation. Sidhu is the Local Bodies’ minister in Amarinder Singh led Punjab government. Amarinder Singh, who had declined Pakistan’s invitation to attend the Kartarpur Corridor ground breaking ceremony citing terrorist attacks in his State, had also urged Sidhu to ‘reconsider’ his decision to attend the event. The former cricketer, who had earlier attended Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony, however, went ahead and attended the recent event in Pakistan. The way he sang paeans to Khan and in return got an offer to contest election from Pakistan Punjab with also Pakistan PM hoping to see him as the Indian PM one day, it created ruckus in Indian politics.With many questioning the integrity of Sidhu and few also hailing his positive role in the Kartarpur corridor issue, the Congress high command sent him to campaign in Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. An upbeat Navjot Singh Sidhu, who joined the Congress just before the Punjab Vidhan Sabha polls 2017, made a mockery of his own chief minister, while addressing the press conference after a campaign meeting there two days ago. Asked for his reaction to Captain Amarinder Singh’s disapproval of his visit to Pakistan for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor, Sidhu in his wittiest best responded: “Which captain are you talking about? Oh… Captain Amarinder Singh? He is an Army Captain. My captain is Rahul Gandhi Sahib. His (Amarinder Singh’s) captain is also Rahul Gandhi.” His attempt at repartee, which went viral on social media, quickly landed him in a political soup back in Punjab. Sidhu’s remark made his cabinet colleagues get united and slam him, with many also seeking his resignation on moral ground. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, who is the minister for Rural Development and Panchayat, said: “Sidhu’s posture and body language was very hurting and disgusting, while the tone signals humiliation of Captain Amarinder Singh. If you do not consider Captain Amarinder Singh as your leader, you have no moral right to continue as a member of his Cabinet.”Further the state cabinet ministers Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi also demanded Sidhu’s resignation. Sarkaria said Amarinder is the Captain of Punjab Congress and the way Sidhu had “mocked” him was condemnable. Though Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar opted to remain away from the issue, former PPCC chief Laal Singh took Sidhu to task. While slamming him hard on TV channels, Laal Singh also sought Sidhu’s resignation. While Amarinder Singh had not yet reacted to the development, Navjot Sidhu invited another trouble for himself as he assaulted a national TV channel reporter in Rajasthan on Saturday, when he posed him some “uncomfortable” queries related to his Pakistan visit and the controversy over his statement about Amarinder that made his cabinet colleagues seeking his resignation. Interestingly, Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu is now trying to clarify his remarks, stating that it was the result of misrepresentation of facts. She has been insisting upon a point that Navjot repeatedly said that Captain Sahib was like his father.However, she is getting just handful of buyers for her pacifying statement as she herself had recently claimed that they (Sidhu couple) were part of Rahul Gandhi’s brigade not of Captain Amarinder Singh or his cabinet ministers. She had also gone on giving just four out of 10 marks to Amarinder government’s performance, with a mention that Sidhu could do wonders but was not being given due space. Under such circumstances, when the senior Congress leaders are all irked with Sidhu couple’s repeated satires, they have joined hands to take up the issue in cabinet meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, under the leadership of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Let’s wait for the outcome rather than presuming too much.
Source: Daily Post
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