Former Indian batsman and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has once again landed in a fresh controversy after a photo of him along with Hafiz Saeed’s close aide and Pro-Khalistani sepratist, Gopal Singh Chawla went viral on social media.
Taking to social media, Chawla posted a photo on Facebook, in which Chawla and Navjot Singh Sidhu is seen posing. The photo is believed to be captured during Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan, where he went to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor.
Reacting to his photo, the ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reacted sharply and said, “Such malicious tactics on Pakistani soil cannot be ignored,” said Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. The Minister also requested Congress leader to keep distance in such meetings.
.@capt_amarinder declined to visit Pak bcos Pak supports anti-India & anti-Punjab activities; but his own Minister @sherryontopp goes agnst his wish & gets clickd with Gopal S Chawla; close aide of Hafiz Saeed & anti-India persn
Wud Captain Sahab sack his irresponsible Minister? pic.twitter.com/EUSb7PK8EJ
— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) November 29, 2018
BJP legislator in Delhi Manjinder Singh Sirsa posted a series of tweets questioning Sidhu for the frame and asked him whether he cared for India’s sovereignty and Punjab’s peace.
Meanwhile, Sidhu’s meeting with Pro-Khalistani sepratist did not go down well with Twitter users and they tried to troll him. Several users on Twitter even called him anti-national.
Let’s take a look how Twitterati react on Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Pakistan visit:
सिद्धू खुद को बहुत बड़ा व्यक्ति समझने लगा है, इसकी सेक्यूरिटी हटाकर आतंकियों के आगे खड़ा कर दो फिर देखते हैं कि आतंकी इसके साथ कैसा व्यवहार करते हैं !!!!
— Bablu Sharma 🇮🇳 (@Bsharma7) November 29, 2018
आपने कलंक का नाम सुना होगा पर आज देख भी लो ये है देश पर कलंक नवजोत सिंह.
— IMShubham (@shubham_jain999) November 29, 2018
ये कांग्रेस कश्मीर की तरह पंजाब में भी उग्रवाद फैलाना चाहती है
— सुशील सिंह✍ (@isushilksingh) November 29, 2018
No he will not. सिद्धु जी ने सोनिया जी के पैर जो छुए थे अब वो उनका गुलाम है और गुलाम को कांग्रेसी कभी नही निकालेगी
कांग्रेस का बस चले तो पूरे भारत देश को फिर गुलाम बना दें 😡😡😡😡😡
— Suraj Agarwal (@SurajAga) November 29, 2018
पता नहीं क्या कशिश है #कांग्रेस में, जो जाता है वो पाकिस्तान परस्ती करने लगता है…
— #ModiIn2019 (@KrishneyG) November 29, 2018
मोदी सरकार सिद्धु को पाकिस्तान जाने ही क्यो देती है
— Kanhaiya jaiswar (@Kanhaiy97312650) November 29, 2018
Never take a comedian seriously.
Even on a religious function he can’t control his comedy… So let it go..ignore
— Vinod Gulati (@221ca6c2a341473) November 29, 2018
It is to be noted that Chawla was also present at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor and was seen shaking hands with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
When asked, a Pakistani official said that Gopal Singh Chawla is a senior leader of Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (PSGPC), and he was invited to all events involving the Sikh community.
Upon his return from Pakistan when asked, Navjot Singh Sidhu denied knowing Gopal Chawla. Confronting his photo with Pro-Khalistan sepratist, Chawla, he said, “I have been clicked at least five to 10,000 times. I do not know who is Gopal Chawla?”