Sidhu made the assertion of “bada bhai” (elder brother) whereas interacting with the CEO of the Kartarpur undertaking in Pakistan.
He was in Kartarpur together with a number of Punjab cupboard ministers to pay obeisance in Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.
Sidhu additionally mentioned he has numerous love for the Pakistan Prime Minister.
Responding to Sidhu’s remarks, BJP IT Cell head Amit Malviya slammed the Congress excessive-command for favouring ‘Pakistan loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh’.
“Rahul Gandhi’s favourite Navjot Singh Sidhu calls Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his ‘bada bhai’. Last time he had hugged Gen Bajwa, Pakistan Army’s Chief, heaped praises.
“Is it any shock that the Gandhi siblings selected a Pakistan loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh?” asked Malviya.
In 2018, Sidhu raked a controversy when he hugged Pakistan Army chief General Bajwa during his visit to Pakistan for Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony.
After returning from Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, Sidhu demanded opening of the corridor for cross-border trade.
“I request that if you wish to change Punjab’s life, we should always open the borders. Why ought to we undergo Mundra Port, a complete of two,100-km? Why not from right here (Kartarpur hall), the place it is solely 21-km (to Pakistan),” he told the media.
Without mincing words, Sidhu thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Prime Minister Imran Khan for reopening the corridor.
Responding to the controversy over Sidhu’s calling Khan his “bada bhai”, Punjab minister Pargat Singh, who was accompanying Sidhu during his visit to Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara, said: “When PM Modi goes (to Pakistan) he’s a “Desh Premi”, when Sidhu goes, he’s “Desh Drohi”. Can’t I name you a brother? We observe Guru Nanak Dev’s philosophy.”
However, Sidhu’s Congress party MP Manish Tewari slammed him for his “bada bhai” remark.
“Imran Khan could also be anyone’s elder brother however for India he’s that cat’s paw of Pakistan deep state ISI-navy mix that drones arms and narcotics into Punjab and sends terrorists every day throughout LOC in J&Okay. Have we forgotten martyrdom of our troopers in Poonch so quickly?” Tewari asked in a tweet.
In 2018, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said his Cabinet minister Sidhu’s hug to Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa in Islamabad was “not a pleasant gesture and was utterly avoidable”.
Sidhu should have avoided indulging in such a gesture when Indian soldiers are getting killed every day on the borders, the Chief Minister had said.
“After all, it’s the Army chief who offers orders to kill, with troopers merely following the order,” the Chief Minister had added.