Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday during an interview with Republic TV's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami said that his minister Navjot Singh Sidhu should have ideally professed India's policies during his visit to Pakistan. He also lamented that Sidhu tends to get carried away from speaking about official issues.
"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.
The Punjab CM was responding to Sidhu's Rafale deal utterance in Pakistan earlier in the day. Sidhu had mentioned it while speaking about his hug with Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
"I just hugged Bajwa for one second. The hugging incident is not a Rafale deal. It was two Punjabis hugging. It was the love between two Punjabis," Sidhu said.
Captain Singh also added that Sidhu was granted permission to visit Pakistan as it was a private visit and not official.
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.
When asked whether his views are of the same as his party, Chief Minister said that as long as he 'doesn't cross party policy', it is alright with the party.
"I say what I feel. It's not impinging on party discipline. Congress doesn't want this business in Punjab and for Pakistan Army to have an influence in any state. One has one's view, and so long as you don't cross party policy, you can speak what you wish. I have my feelings very strongly because I've been a soldier. I've had a lot of friends killed in action, and the bond makes you feel differently."