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SAD attacks Sidhu for posing with Khalistani separatist in Kartarpur

Gopal Singh Chawla, who is the general secretary of Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee is known to speak for Khalistan, had shared the purported picture on his Facebook page

Press Trust of India  |  Amritsar/Chandigarh 

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Navjot Singh Sidhu stands with Khalistani separatist Gopal Singh Chawla during Kartarpur corridor ceremony.

Thursday played down his appearance in a photograph with a pro-Khalistan leader in even as the opposition Akali Dal asked if India remained his priority.

He came under a sharp attack from Sukhbir Singh after a picture from the groundbreaking ceremony in for the showed him with separatist Gopal Singh

Chawla, who is the secretary of Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) and is known to speak for Khalistan, had shared the purported picture on his Facebook page.

Sidhu returned home Thursday after attending the groundbreaking ceremony for a visa-free corridor which will allow pilgrims access from Gurdaspur's Dera to the shrine in Kartarpur, where Guru Nanak Dev spent his final years.

The 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 or Cheema I do not know, he told reporters in Attari on his return.

Sidhu had received flak for attending the ceremony in his personal capacity, even after being advised against it by Chief

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 where about 60 people were mowed down by a train last month.

I returned after connecting hearts in the two Punjabs, Sidhu said.

Gopal Singh was also seen shaking hands with chief at the Kartarpur ceremony.

There was a link between and a terrorist attack that took place in which is his (Sidhu's) constituency, SAD Sukhbir Singh 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.

said Sidhu should know that Pakistan is involved in sending drugs to

It is Bajwa who is behind killing our youth with whom he shakes hands, he said, Badal said, apparently referring to an earlier row over the chief hugging the

Taking a swipe at president, the SAD chief said has a very good opportunity to expand his party in Pakistan by making Sidhu the head of the its unit in Pakistan's Punjab.

However, MLA defended Sidhu.

I feel Sukhbir Badal, the Badal family and the BJP are suffering from Sidhu phobia. I think they chant Sidhu's name more than Dev's, he said.

Verka said chief too had clicked a picture with Chawla at the same event, despite knowing his antecedents.

Sidhu does not even know about Chawla, Verka claimed.

Verka asked whether Badal would now seek Longowal's resignation as SGPC chief.

Meanwhile, former Gurdwara Management Committee chief Paramjit Singh Sarna, who also attended the Kartarpur event, claimed that Sidhu had avoided Chawla several times.

But he managed to get a picture clicked with him, Sarna said in Attari.


First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 18:50 IST