New Delhi: Punjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu appeared least to tender an apology to chief minister Amarinder Singh as the chorus for action against him grew louder on Sunday.
Sidhu had made the controversial “Rahul my captain” remark at a press conference in Hyderabad on Friday while explaining his visit to Pakistan for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor despite being advised by the CM to reconsider his decision.
Sidhu, who is campaigning in Rajasthan which goes to polls on December 7, tried to play down the controversy by saying he will clear the air with the CM. But he remained defiant when asked if he would tender an apology or retract his statement, a demand made by many of his cabinet colleagues.
“I have said nothing wrong. So there is no question of retracting the statement or tendering an apology. But I love the CM and respect him as a fatherly figure. It’s a family matter and I will sort it out myself, one-to-one, when I meet him,” Sidhu said.
“He (Amarinder Singh) is a fatherly figure. I love him and respect him. I will sort it out myself,” he said in poll-bound Rajasthan.
Sidhu’s statement came a day after his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu said that the Congress leader’s comments were twisted and taken out of context.
“Navjot Sidhu’s heart is clean. He has not committed any mistake that he should resign. He has already said Capt sahib (Amarinder) is a father-figure to him. If outside Punjab, he said Rahul is the captain, what is wrong on that? He has not called (Narendra) Modi his captain. He is only calling Rahul his captain. And Capt Sahib’s (Amarinder’s) captain too is Rahul, isn’t it?” she said.
The controversy erupted on Friday after Sidhu said in Hyderabad that “his Captain was Rahul Gandhi” while reacting to the Punjab CM’s apparent unhappiness over his visit to Pakistan for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor.
“Rahul Gandhi is my captain. It is he who sent me to Pakistan. Rahul Gandhi is the captain of the captain (Amarinder Singh) also,” Sidhu had then said.
Meanwhile, the Punjab cabinet is set to meet at 3 pm on Monday. However, Sidhu, who is in Rajasthan, won’t be a part of it.