The BJP has slammed Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for his comments on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during a trip to Kartarpur Sahib.
The BJP criticized Sidhu after he reportedly called Imran his “elder brother” and alleged that the grand old party considers terror groups like IS and Boko Haram in Hindutva but finds a “bhai jaan” in the Pakistan PM.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday responded to the criticism levelled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over his comments on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan during a trip to Kartarpur Sahib, while referring to Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s statement in his latest book.
A purported video of Sidhu has gone viral on social media. It shows the president of Congress’ Punjab unit being welcomed by a Pakistani official on behalf of Imran. In the video, Sidhu is heard saying that Khan was like a “bada bhai” to him and that he loved him a lot.
After BJP slammed Sidhu for his remarks, he responded saying: “Let the BJP say whatever they want…”
Punjab minister Pargat Singh also came out in defense of Sidhu’s remarks saying, “When PM Modi goes (to Pakistan) he is a desh premi (patriot). When Sidhu goes, he is desh drohi (traitor)…Can’t I call you a brother? We follow Guru Nanak Dev’s philosophy,” Pargat Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Amit Malviya, the BJP’s IT department head, also shared the video on Twitter.
“Rahul Gandhi’s favourite Navjot Singh Sidhu calls Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his “bada bhai”. Last time he had hugged Gen Bajwa, Pakistan Army’s Chief, heaped praises. Is it any surprise that the Gandhi siblings chose a Pakistan loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh?” Malviya posted.
On November 17, India reopened the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor ahead of Guru Nanak Jayanti.