He came under a sharp attack from Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal after a picture from the groundbreaking ceremony in Pakistan for the Kartarpur corridor showed him with separatist Gopal Singh Chawla.
Sidhu returned home Thursday after attending the groundbreaking ceremony for a visa-free corridor which will allow Sikh pilgrims access from Gurdaspur's Dera Baba Nanak to the shrine in Kartarpur, where Guru Nanak Dev spent his final years.
The minister said he had posed with several people and it was difficult to distinguish them.
They showered so much love there. Every day ten thousands pictures were clicked, and among them who was Chawla or Cheema I do not know, he told reporters in Attari on his return.
He said the hopes of 120 million followers of Guru Nanak Dev had turned into reality with the historic decision by India and Pakistan to build the corridor.
The thaw has begun and the ice is melting, he said at the press briefing, where he appeared with Saurabh Madan, the organiser of a Dussehra event in Amritsar where about 60 people were mowed down by a train last month.
I returned after connecting hearts in the two Punjabs, Sidhu said.
There was a link between Gopal Chawla and a terrorist attack that took place in Amritsar which is his (Sidhu's) constituency, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said Thursday, referring to the grenade blast at Nirankari Bhavan which killed three people earlier this month.
If he shakes hands with him or does something with him, then Sidhu has to answer in order to make clear whether the country or something else is his priority, he added.
I feel Sukhbir Badal, the Badal family and the BJP are suffering from Sidhu phobia. I think they chant Sidhu's name more than Baba Nanak Dev's, he said.
Sidhu does not even know about Chawla, Verka claimed.
Verka asked whether Badal would now seek Longowal's resignation as SGPC chief.
But he managed to get a picture clicked with him, Sarna said in Attari.