It was just a hug, not a Rafale deal: Sidhu tells BJP on embracing Pak army chief

Nation Next Newsroom | Sep 19, 2018 17:04

Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on embracing pakistan army chief, told the BJP that it was just a jhappi and not a Rafale Deal.
Navjot Singh Sidhu

Congress minister from Punjab Navjot Singh Sidhu after asserting that hugging Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa was blown out of proportion, told the BJP that it was just a jhappi (hug) and not a Rafale Deal.

Sidhu said the same after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman criticised the former’s act, which happened during Pakistan Prime Minsiter Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony. Sitharaman said the gesture was demoralising for Indian soldiers and could have been avoided.

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Sidhu, while speaking to reporters, said, “You start raking up this issue again. Sidhu has become such an important person that the defence minister makes a statement! It was just a ‘jhappi.’ It is not a conspiracy. A ‘jhappi’ is not Rafale deal, ‘jhappi’ is not firing bullets at Gursikhs.”

Sidhu speaking about Indian and Pakistani players shaking hands during cricket match, said, “Do not shake hands when there is going to be a cricket match between India and Pakistan. Will you not shake hands? If Pakistan PM, who is a good man and had played several matches here, shakes hands with Indian team or hugs player like Virat Kohli, will he show his back to him?”