Ludhiana (Punjab): Congress Member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu on Saturday asked party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu to apologise to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh asserted, ‘Punjab’s captain is our captain’.
“All the streets in Ludhiana are filled with posters that say ‘Punjab’s captain is our captain’. This is people’s sentiment. Navjot Singh Sidhu should apologise. If he considers Chief Minister his father, why is he hesitating in apologizing,” Bittu told ANI here. Sidhu on November 30 had mocked Captain Amarinder Singh when reporters asked about his visit to Pakistan despite the Chief Minister disapproving it. Local Bodies and Tourism minister in Captain Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government, Sidhu, at a press conference in Hyderabad had said, “My captain is Congress president Rahul Gandhi. He sent me everywhere (Kartarpur Corridor). Rahul is also the captain of our captain (Punjab Chief Minister).”
Livid over Navjot Singh’s remarks, Punjab Minister TR Bajwa asserted that if Sidhu did not recognise Amarinder as his ‘captain,’ then he should resign from his post. Punjab Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria also slammed his Cabinet colleague and said that Sidhu should put down his papers if he disapproves of Amarinder as the state’s Chief Minister. The cry for Sidhu’s resignation grew louder after Bittu also reiterated that those who disrespected Chief Minister Captain Amarinder should step aside from the Congress government in the state. Sidhu was one of the invitees, who went to Pakistan to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on November 28. His remarks at the event also created furore back home as he not only mentioned the Rafale deal controversy in his speech but also heaped praises on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.