Even as a massive row has erupted over Punjab Minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu’s infamous hug to Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Sidhu has defended his gesture for the third straight day, this time claiming Rahul Gandhi’s approval. While addressing a press conference on his Islamabad visit, Sidhu attacked the BJP for criticising his visit, saying, “BJP will not decide what should I do.”
Sidhu also claimed during the press conference that Congress leaders are with him.
“Congress leaders are with me. I am not answerable to the BJP,” said Sidhu.
When he was asked whether he had spoken with the Congress President on the matter, Sidhu evaded the question, “I will not tell everything to media as what conversation I had with Rahul Gandhi.”
Meanwhile, late rifleman Aurangzeb’s father has slammed Navjot Singh Sidhu for his Islamabad visit and for the infamous visit, saying “At one hand, the sons of the soil are sacrificing their lives for the country and on the other Sidhu is hugging the Pakistan Army Chief.”
Reacting to Aurangzeb’s father’s remark, Sidhu has said that he respects Aurangzeb’s family, but issues have to be resolved.
“I respect Aurangzeb's family a lot. But, we have to solve every issue. I want to assure you, only if talks happen. No father will lose his son in future,” said the Congress leader.
In the press briefing, Sidhu also claimed that through his Pakistan visit, he had paid the highest tribute to former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“I gave the biggest condolence to Vajpayee through my Pakistan visit, as the motive behind my visit was peace, the same motive with which Vajpayee visited the country in 1998,” said Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Sidhu also refused to comment on Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s criticism.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had slammed Sidhu for hugging Pakistan Army Chief, saying, “It was wrong for him to have shown affection towards the Pakistan Army Chief.”
A huge controversy erupted soon after Navjot Singh Sidhu’s decision to attend newly installed Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony. His hugging the Pak Army Chief, Bajwa, there added fuel to the raging fire.