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Published On: Mon, Dec 3rd, 2018

Navjot Singh Sidhu says he ‘loves’ Captain Amarinder Singh

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AMRITSAR, INDIA - JANUARY 19: Punjab Pradesh Congress committee President Capt. Amarinder Singh along with Navjot Singh Sidhu, Congress candidate from East constituency, Amritsar, addressing the media persons, on January 19, 2017 in Amritsar, India. Sidhu, who has recently joined Congress, is running for the state legislature from Amritsar East, a subset of the larger Amritsar constituency that he represented in the Parliament as a BJP leader. (Photo by Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI : Two days after he mocked Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, saying Rahul Gandhi was his ‘Captain’, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, on Monday said that Captain Amarinder Singh is ‘a father figure’ to him and that he will sort out the matter with Singh. Sidhu’s comments came after Sidhu’s comments triggered a massive furore in Punjab Congress, with many state ministers seeking an apology from the former cricketer.

Sidhu, reportedly told by the Congress party that he cannot defy or speak against his boss Amarinder Singh. Sources say the comment followed the Congress’s stern caution to Mr Sidhu. The outspoken cricketer-turned-politician has been told categorically that Captain Amarinder Singh’s writ is important and he should not speak against him.
“You don’t want to wash dirty linen in public. He (Capt Amarinder Singh) is a fatherly figure, I love him, I respect him, I will sort it out myself,” Sidhu was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Sidhu had, in a press conference in Hyderabad 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).”

 Meanwhile, posters have been put up on streets in Ludhiana saying ‘Punjab Captain is our captain’. “What Navjot Singh Sidhu said about Capt Amarinder Singh is unfortunate. Such things should not have been said by him,” said Women and Child Development and Transport Minister Aruna Chaudhary.
Minister of Forests Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said, “It seems Sidhu sahib has forgotten that he is a minister. He should know he is not running a comedy show here. He must learn how to respect the elders and seek an apology from the chief minister.””Sidhu sahib has said that Capt Amarinder Singh is not his captain, he said that he is Army’s captain. The tone and body language used by Sidhu towards the chief minister is not appropriate. It shows disrespect towards the CM. If Sidhu doubts Capt Amarinder’s leadership, his ability, then it becomes his moral duty to resign,” said T R Bajwa. (with Agency Inputs).




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