Former India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu is one of those cricketers who successfully started his second innings in politics, however the political journey has not been so free-flowing as his sixes were on the cricket field. Sidhu recently went to the oath taking ceremony of former Pakistani captain Imran Khan who became the Prime Minister of Pakistan on 18 August, 2018.
The move draw immense criticism in India as he departed to Pakistan via Wagha border on the same day when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was to be cremated. Sidhu joined Bhartiya Janata Party under the reign of Vajpayee which became a big reason of his criticism in the country. He went onto hug Pakistan’s army general Qamar Javed Bajwa which turned out to be the worst case criticism for him. Its been over two months to the old controversy but Sidhu has again provoked the fire by setting up a new controversy for himself.
Traveling to Pakistan is better than traveling to South India says Sidhu
Sidhu was in Kasauli to participate in the 7th Khushwant Singh Literature Fest where AAP MLA Kanwar Sandhu asked the former cricketer about the cultural affinity between the two Punjabs(Punjab of India and Punjab of Pakistan) to which he replied
“For me, when I travel to South, I can’t understand the language. Not that I dont like the food, but I cannot have it for a long time, the culture is totally different. When I got to Pakistan, the language is the same, like you know, when you abuse in English 10 times, one abuse in Punjabi overpowers all.”
Sidhu is currently serving as the Minister of Local Government, Tourism, Cultural Affairs, and Museums of the State of Punjab from Indian National Congress(INC).