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BJP renews attack against Sidhu 

New Delhi, September 7

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday of having insulted India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his latest statements “thanking” Pakistan.

“Navjot Sidhu and Congress should give a clarification whether this is also the line of the party otherwise we will consider it a statement by Congress president Rahul Gandhi. This has become Congress’ nature now—to insult India and its Prime Minister and praise Pakistan and its leaders,” said BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain.

“Navjot Sidhu is a Congress leader and his statement thanking Pakistan is an indication of what the Congress feels about Pakistan.  On one side General Qamar Javed Bajwa has spewed venom against India, saying his military was ready to avenge bloodshed of its men on the border with ‘khoon ka badla khoon’ and in India a Congress leader is thanking Pakistan,” Hussain said.   

Unfazed by criticism of his recent trip to Islamabad for Imran Khan’s oath ceremony, Sidhu on Friday reiterated he had “no words to thank” Pakistan’s new Prime Minister for opening the corridor of Kartarpur Sahib on Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary in November.

“They (Pakistan) are ready to open the corridor of Kartarpur Sahib on the 550 birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Ji. There can be no bigger happiness than this for the people of Punjab,” Sidhu was quoted as saying

He also urged the central government to reciprocate after Pakistan agreed to open up a corridor to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib, a historic Sikh pilgrimage 120 km from Lahore. “I plead to the Prime Minister and the External Affairs Ministry that if they have made an effort, you should also make an effort,” he said

 BJP pointed to Bajwa’s speech at Pakistan’s 53rd Defence Day on Thursday to back its attack against the Congress. “We will avenge the blood flowing on the border,” reports from Pakistan quoted Bajwa as saying.

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