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Pakistan PM had requested me to induct his ‘old friend’ Navjot Sidhu in my cabinet, says Amarinder Singh

24/01/2022 at 7:22 PM

Chandigarh, Jan 24: Amid the high-stakes electoral battle Punjab, former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday said that Pakistan Prime Minister had requested him to include “Navjot Singh Sidhu” into his cabinet while terming him as an “old friend”.

“Pakistan PM sent a request if you can take Sidhu into your cabinet I will be grateful, he is an old friend of mine. You can remove him if does not work,” Amarinder Singh said at a press conference.

Though Amarinder Singh did not name the Pakistan Prime Minister, his apparent reference is to Imran Khan.

Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu had been in a tussle after Sidhu went to Pakistan to be part of the oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan as Prime Minister even after being advised to reconsider his decision.

Sidhu hugging Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa led to a huge controversy and Amarinder Singh criticised him. Sidhu was later divested of Local Bodies Department and resigned as minister in Amarinder Singh government in June 2019.

Eventually, Amarinder Singh had a bitter parting of ways with Congress in 2021 and had hit out at Sidhu, who was appointed state Congress chief by the party leadership.

Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress is fighting the Punjab polls, to be held on February 20, in alliance with the BJP.

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