Akali Dal calls for Navjot Sidhu to be ‘thrown out’ of the cabinet
Sidhu was the only Indian to attend Imran Khan's oath-taking ceremony.
Updated - Feb 18, 2019 2:02 pm
The Pulwama Attacks in Jammu and Kashmir have turned out to be an absolute shocker for India. As many as 40 were killed in the horrendous occurring and the terror attack was carried out by Pakistan-based militant organization Jaish-e-Mohammad with the help of suicide-bomber Adil Ahmad Dar. In the meantime, former Indian cricketer Navjot Sidhu has been going through a rough phase.
Following the shambolic incident, the 55-year-old veteran came out in support of Pakistan, mentioning that one can’t blame the entire nation for a handful of people. The comments didn’t go down well with many and the netizens slammed him left, right and centre. The experienced campaigner was also sacked from the Kapil Sharma show.
We want Sidhu should be thrown out
Now, the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has called for the dismissal of Sidhu, also a Punjab minister, from the cabinet for his ‘utterances’ after the attacks, even as Bikram Singh Majithia, the Akali leader, exchanged barbs inside the house.
“Before everything else, we want to know the clear stand of the Congress and the Punjab government. Do they condemn Pakistan Army chief and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan? We want Sidhu should be thrown out of the cabinet for his utterances,” Majithia was quoted as saying to the reporters outside the House as per reports in India Today.
Before the beginning of the Punjab budget session, the Akali leaders, led by Majithia, set the pictures of Sidhu, where he was seen hugging the Pakistan army chief general, on fire. The SAD-BJP MLAs stood up and raised slogans against Sidhu. Sidhu and Majithia were also involved in a verbal altercation.
Back on July 2018, Sidhu attended the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose party Tehreek-E-Insaf won the General Elections, in Islamabad. Subsequently, he was a recipient of severe criticism. He was the only Indian to visit Pakistan that time around among several invitees.