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Tripat Rajinder Bajwa asked Navjot Sidhu to quit cabinet if he doesn't accept Amarinder Singh his captain

December 01, 2018 05:41 PM

CHANDIGARH: senior minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa who is considered close to Capt Amarinder Singh has strongly reprimanded Navjot Sidhu and asked him to step down from his post if he doesn't accept Amarinder Singh his captain. He said that Amarinder Singh is given responsibility of Punjab by Rahul Gandhi and he is captain of all of us.

The statement of Navjot Sidhu has caused a political storm in Punjab, reported by media, Sidhu saying that Rahul Gandhi is his captain and Punjab Chief Minister is only Captain of army. He told mediamen in Hyderabad yesterday that Rahul is also captain of Captain Amarinder Singh.

Even as Capt Amarinder Singh has preferred to ignore the comments of Sidhu, Bajwa said that Navjot Sidhu wants to achieve his bigger political goals in haste which would not be possible. He advised him to be consistent in approach and apologise from the Chief Minister. He wished Sidhu learn the ethics of politics.

Navjot Sidhu had made these comments in reply to a question asked to him about his visit to Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan against the wishes of Capt Amarinder Singh. Sidhu had gone to attend the ground breaking ceremony of Kartarpur Sahib corridor linking Dera Baba Nanak in India-the two historical places of Sikh religion. Captain Amarinder Singh had declined the invitation of Paksitan to attend the ceremony on the plea that Pakistan's ISI was responsible for the grenade attack on Nirnakari mission in Amritsar recently and trying to disturb the peace of Punjab and abeting terrorism on Indian soil. Chief Minister had told Navjot Sidhu not to visit Pakistan but the latter decided to go ahead on his commitment given to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Sidhu claimed that he was supported by 100 senior Congress leaders for his Pakistan visit and Shashi Tharoor, Harish Rawat and Randip Surhewal petted him for the cause. Sidhu said that he told the Chief Minister that he had already given his commitment for the visit. It is pertinent to mention that issue of opening Kartarpur corridor caught the national headlines when Navjot Sidhu had attended the oath taking ceremony of Imran Khan in Islamabad and hugged the Pak army chief. At home his action was flayed but he defended it that he got emotional after Army chief told him about opening of corridor. "I twas 70 year old demand of Sikh community and 15 crore followers of Guru Nanak Dev ji are happy over the decision", he stated.

Imran Khan had alid the foundation stone of corridor in Kartarpur on November 28 in the presence of Sidhu, two Indian Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and Harsimrat Kaur Badal besides Presidents of Sikh Gurdwara Management committees of India and Pakistan and thousands of Sikhs.

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