Taking a look at Navjot Singh Sidhu over his “good relations” with Pakistan, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal stated that the Congress leader seems to be getting “more love and respect” from the neighboring country than in India.
Talking to news agency ANI, the minister Wednesday said, “He (Imran Khan) offered him (Navjot Singh Sidhu) to fight elections from Pakistan. He (Sidhu) seems to have more love and respect in Pakistan than what I noticed over here. He has some good relationships over there.”
Badal’s remarks came hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the scathing criticism looked by the Congress leader for attending the former’s oath-taking ceremony. While talking on the occasion of the Kartarpur Corridor foundation stone-laying ceremony yesterday, Khan had exuded confidence that Sidhu is capable of contesting and winning the elections in Pakistan.
“I heard there was a lot of criticism of Sidhu when he went back after my oath-taking ceremony. I don’t know why he was criticized. He was just saying about peace & brotherhood. He can come and contest election here in Pakistan’s Punjab, he’ll win,” said Imran Khan.
The Pakistan PM’s comments also garnered criticism within the BJP, with party spokesperson Sambit Patra stating that Sidhu must get himself inducted in the Pakistan government’s Cabinet as he repeatedly professes love for the neighboring country. “The kind of love he (Sidhu) exudes for Pakistan, the only advice which we can give is Sidhu please proceed to become a part of Imran Khan’s cabinet,” Patra was quoted by PTI as saying.
Last week, while labeling the audience at the Khushwant Singh Literature Festival in Kasauli, Sidhu had drawn an analogy between visiting Pakistan versus south India. The minister implied that Pakistan culture is more equal and familiar to Punjab than south India. He had said that when he travels to South India, “I can’t understand the language, it’s just one or two words. Not that I don’t like the food, but I cannot have it for a long time, the culture is totally different.”
On the contrary, the Congress minister had commented, “When I go to Pakistan, the language is the same, like you know, when you abuse in English 10 times, one abuse in Punjabi overpowers all.”