‘Rahul Gandhi should sack Sidhu from Cong, apologise before nation’: Giriraj Singh
Union minister Giriraj Singh Sunday demanded the expulsion of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu from the Congress in view of his comments on the Pulwama terror attack.Updated: Feb 17, 2019 21:58 IST
Union minister Giriraj Singh Sunday demanded the expulsion of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu from the Congress in view of his comments on the Pulwama terror attack.
The firebrand BJP leader also hailed the Centre’s decision to withdraw the security cover of six Kashmiri separatist leaders, saying they were “traitors” who were being “treated like guests”.
“Congress president Rahul Gandhi should offer a clarification, apologise before the nation and expel Sidhu from his party,” Singh told reporters here.
He was replying to a query on the Punjab minister who had, while denouncing the terror attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, asked if entire Pakistan must be held responsible for the terrorist activities patronised on their soil.
Sidhu, who made his political debut as a BJP MP in 2004 but joined the Congress ahead of the 2017 assembly polls in Punjab, had drawn flak last year when he visited Pakistan to attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister Imran Khan and greeted a top military official of the neighbouring country with a hug.
The former cricketer’s latest remarks have evoked outrage in political circles as well as on the social media and he has apparently been asked to leave a comedy show hosted by Kapil Sharma.
Talking about the withdrawal of security and other facilities extended to separatist leaders, the Union minister said, “For long, we have treated them like guests. Time has come to mete out a treatment to them that traitors deserve.”
First Published: Feb 17, 2019 21:57 IST