Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad Thursday sought to defend Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, under fire for being photographed with "pro-Khalistan" leader Gopal Singh Chawla in Pakistan, saying he had gone there in his personal capacity.
"I think the chief minister has made it clear that he has gone in his personal capacity," he told reporters, adding that while one side of Punjab was on this side of the border, the other was in Pakistan and the two states shared cultural relations and language.
Azad said Sidhu, more than a politician was a sportsman, and sportsmen and artists were appreciated on both sides of the border.
"The BJP thinks negative 23 hours out of 24 hours. Sidhu has gone in his personal capacity. Modiji used to exchange shawls and mangoes with family members of the prime minister of Pakistan for two years, but the BJP did not say anything," he claimed.
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