Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday (April 28) said that he will quit politics if Congress President Rahul Gandhi lost polls from Amethi Lok Sabha constituency.
Sidhu, who was in controversy over his statement on ‘Pulwama attack’ few weeks back, said that people should learn nationalism from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who is the sitting MP from Rae Bareli.
Sidhu was with the BJP earlier but is now a minister in the Congress government in Punjab.
He rejected the BJP’s oft-repeated charge that there had been no economic development in 70 years, most of it under Congress rule. Rather, the country made everything from a needle to an aircraft during this period, he said.
He praised Sonia Gandhi for leading the Congress ably after her husband Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. It was due to her leadership that the Congress could retain power at the Centre for 10 years (2004-2014), he said.
Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party, he said anyone who remained loyal to it was considered a nationalist and those who left it were dubbed anti-national.
The former cricketer also added that the controversy over the Rafale deal will lead to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s defeat in the general election.
Rahul Gandhi is contesting from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi against BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani. Apart from his stronghold Amethi, Rahul is also contesting from Kerala’s Wayanad. And for this he was heavily criticized by the saffron party especially Irani.
Smriti has been heard criticizing Gandhi in her speeches, calling him a negligent MP, who betrayed the people of Amethi who voted him in power in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. She had also mentioned that by contesting from two Lok Sabha seats, Gandhi has made it for sure that he will definitely leave one of the seats even if he wins both.
In a recent development, Irani on Sunday helped put out a fire at a village in Amethi. She was campaigning in the Uttar Pradesh constituency for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, immediately rushed to the spot after receiving information that a fire had erupted in a field in the Purab Dwara village.
In a video released by news agency ANI, Irani was seen using a hand pump to fill water into buckets as locals rush to douse the blaze. She was also seen consoling several women after the fire damaged their fields.