Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in an interview with Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on Tuesday maintained his line when it came to the remarks and actions of his minister Navjot Singh Sidhu. Speaking about Sidhu's visit to Pakistan, the Chief Minister said:
"I can tell everyone that the entire cabinet today is supportive of what I have said. Entire Punjab is supportive. In the case of Mr. Sidhu, he has not gone officially. When a Minister goes out the first has to ask me on a private visit and I gave him permission to go because it was his private visit. Then I had to approach the Ministry of External Affair who want to endorse that and then he went.
The Punjab CM contrasted the actions of Sidhu with his own when he had gone to Pakistan while Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime Minister of India, and said, "They ask all sorts of things. But I stuck to India's policies".
"When you are in another country or another soil you profess India's policies. When I went last time Vajpayee Ji was the Prime Minister and I was asked many questions but I stuck to what was India's policies. And I think that is the way he should have done it but he gets carried away sometimes", he said.
Adding further clarity on his views on Sidhu, Captain Amarinder said, "He gets carried away by these occasions. He shouldn't speak in such a manner. He's an Indian by the way -- Indians shouldn't encourage generals who attack India.
Punjab CM warned Pakistan and the ISI that his state wasn't their playground:
"They (Pakistan, terrorists) must understand that Punjab isn't their playground. We've busted 19 modules of terrorists, recovered 77 weapons and kilos of ammo. Grenades and such have been confiscated. Innocents have been killed. They killed 3 of our young people and injured 19 others", he said, raising the terror attack in Amritsar last week.