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More Punjab ministers hit out at Sidhu over his jibe on Amarinder Singh

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

More ministers Sunday condemned over his jibe at demanding he apologise to the chief and "learn how to respect elders", even as the former cricketer's wife said his statement was being twisted and taken out of context.

On Saturday, three ministers -- Rural Development and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Revenue and Rehabilitation and -- had called for Sidhu's resignation from the state cabinet.

On Sunday, state's Women and Child Development and said Sidhu's remark was "unforunate" and "uncalled for".

"What said about Capt is unfortunate. Such things should not have been said by him," she said.

was in the and served as a during the 1965 Indo-War.

Chaudhary said, "Capt Amarinder Singh is our undisputed leader. He is of the party in the state. He was chief ministerial candidate in the last assembly elections and under him the party returned to power with an overwhelming majority. At the same time, is of entire Congress, no one is disputing this fact. But what has said about captain sahib is unfortunate."

Two days back, Sidhu had mocked Amarinder Singh in when reporters asked him about going to Pakistan, to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor, despite his disapproval.

"is my captain. It is he who sent me to is the captain of the captain (Amarinder Singh) also," Sidhu had then said.

Minister of Forests Sadhu Singh Dharamsot Sunday demanded Sidhu apologise to the He also reminded him he was not running a comedy show. Sidhu had been a part of a popular TV comedy show aired in

"It seems has forgotten that he is a minister. He should know he is not running a comedy show here. He must learn how to respect the elders and seek an apology from the chief minister," Dharamsot said.

continued his attack on Sunday saying Sidhu's tone and the body language towards the was not appropriate and demanded he apologise.

Bajwa, along with Revenue and and Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, had Saturday said if Sidhu didn't consider Amarinder Singh his captain he should quit the chief minister's team.

On Sunday,Bajwa said, "has said that Capt Amarinder Singh is not his captain, he said that he is Army's captain. The tone and body language used by Sidhu towards the is not appropriate. It shows disrespect towards the CM. If Sidhu doubts Capt Amarinder's leadership, his ability, then it becomes his moral duty to resign."

"The speed at which he is going may cause an accident," he said of Sidhu. "I want to request Sidhu that he apologise to the chief minister and matter will end."

Sources said the issue might come up during the state cabinet meeting on Monday.

The row over the trip escalated in the state even as Sidhu backtracked on his claim that Rahul Gandhi was involved in his decision to attend the ceremony.

"Get your facts right before you distort them, never asked me to go to The whole world knows I went to Pakistan on Imran Khan's personal invite," Sidhu had tweeted on Saturday.

Sidhu's wife and former BJP MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Sunday said his heart is clean and his remarks was being twisted and taken out of context.

"Navjot Sidhu's heart is clean. He has not committed any mistake that he should resign. He has already said Capt is a father-figure to him. If outside Punjab, he said Rahul is the captain, what is wrong on that? He has not called (Narendra) Modi his captain. He is only calling Rahul his captain. And Capt Sahib's (Amarinder's) captain too is Rahul, isn't it?," asked Kaur.

"Since Navjot and I joined the Congress, we always showed full respect towards Capt Sahib (Amarinder)," she said.

Meanwhile, the BJP too took potshots at Sidhu, dubbing him a "man of U-turns".

"When Sidhu was in the BJP, he hailed the contribution of Atal Behari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Narendra Modi, He used to ridicule (former PM) by terming him 'Mouni Baba'. He is a man of U-turns. It seems his lust for power would end with accepting Pakistan as his Captain," BJP said. "He should be sacked immediately."

from said Sidhu has "lost mental balance" and wants to remain in with such remarks.

The Kartarpur corridor will connect the shrine in Pakistan to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Gurdaspur and give visa-free access to Indian pilgrims.

Sidhu's visit to Pakistan had riled Amarinder Singh, who said he tried to dissuade Sidhu, following a grenade attack in that left three people dead.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 16:35 IST