Union Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday has demanded that Congress president Rahul Gandhi should answer his party member Navjot Singh Sidhu's actions during his visit to Pakistan for the Kartarpur Corridor event and his statements insulting his own state chief minister. She also said that Rahul Gandhi needs to think about his party's future as the Pakistan PM Imran Khan has spoken about Sidhu being popular in his country and that he could win polls there.
"Rahul Gandhi needs to explain it why a Punjab Congress minister is insulting his own chief minister in public. He needs to answer why a Congress leader is expressing love for Pakistan more than his own country. Pakistan PM (Imran Khan) is trying for Sidhu's better future, then what does Rahul Gandhi have to say about his party's future. The Pakistan's Foreign (MinisterUnion Minister Smriti Irani on Sunday has demanded that Congress president Rahul Gandhi should answer his party member Navjot Singh Sidhu's actions during his visit to Pakistan for the Kartarpur Corridor event and his statements insulting his own state chief minister.) has said that due to the Congress leader's actions, they could throw a googly at India," she said.
Ministry of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj also said that the on-going controversy is between the 'three captains' in the Congress.
"It is the matter of their party. One is cricket captain (Sidhu), second is the Congress captain (Rahul Gandhi) and the military captain (Capt Amarinder Singh). What can I say. It's a war between three captains. They know better about what's going on," she said.
Minister Swaraj was referring to the recent issue where Sidhu disrespected Punjab CM Amarinder Singh saying 'Mera captain Rahul Gandhi saab hain '. It has been reported that his chief minister had advised him against the Pakistan visit, but Sidhu has said that Rahul Gandhi approved of him going to the neighbouring country.
"Mera captain Rahul Gandhi hai. Ussi ne toh bheja hai har jagah. Kya baat kar rahe ho yaar? Kaun se captain ke baare me baat kar rahe ho yaar? Oh, Captain Amarinder Singh ji ki? Woh toh Army ke captain hain bhai. Mera captain Rahul Gandhi saab hain aur unke bhi Captain Rahul Gandhi hain. Humaare captain woh hain. Captain saab ke captain Rahul Gandhi aur mere Captain bhi Rahul Gandhi," he said.