A day after Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's visit to Pakistan for the opening ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor as the chief guest, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra hit out against him for cozying up to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Addressing a special press conference on Sunday over the issue, Patra said, "Navjot Singh Sidhu goes to Pakistan and heaps praises on Imran Khan. 'I (Sidhu) speak on behalf of 14 crore Sikhs,' how can he speak on behalf of 14 crore Sikhs? Who gave him this responsibility? He goes on to say that Imran Khan is greater than any emperor, the likes of Alexander, and he praises him and thanks him on behalf of 14 crore Sikhs. What is this?"
Patra, citing Sidhu's closeness to Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, asked the Congress chief to apologise for Sidhu's remarks and went on to lash out at Sidhu for one of his remarks in Punjabi while addressing a crowd in Kartarpur. "Sidhu says there that the 'favour' that Imran Khan did for the Sikhs is very great. He suggested that India is burdened by Pakistan's favour," adding, "did India ever committed a (ceasefire) violation? If anyone commits killing then its Imran Khan and his deep state and Pakistan."
"Sidhu says 'India, which looks like a hill will bow, the floods in the river will cease, but Imran Khan is no common man because he is a man who creates history'. This is the conspiracy of Navjot Singh Sidhu and Congress party go there and defame India," said Patra, again citing Sidhu's remarks in Kartarpur. He also went on to quote Sidhu suggesting that he will send a hundred hugs to Army chief Qamar Bajwa and criticised this remark.
Previously, a video surfaced from the opening ceremony of Kartarpur where Imran Khan can be heard taking a dig on Sidhu and asking "Humara woh Sidhu kidher hai?" (Where is our Sidhu). His aides can be heard saying that Sidhu has been busy in his election speeches, adding that he might have gotten permission to visit Pakistan. Pakistan's Information and Broadcasting minister Firdous Ashiq Awan be heard commenting, "If they (India) stop Sidhu", to which Imran Khan responds, " We will make Sidhu a hero". She then adds, "That will be every channels' headline." Meanwhile, another minister, in a bid to undermine India quips, "Our gates are open and their gates are closed". Exposing that Imran Khan's regime is using the Congress leader as a pawn against India, one of his aides says if India does not permit him, we will "make him a hero."