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Punjab Da Captain Sadda Captain: Posters put up after Navjot Singh Sidhu's remark

The Punjab Cabinet Minister has been facing flak since he said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also the 'captain' of Captain Amarinder Singh.

Punjab Da Captain Sadda Captain: Posters put up after Navjot Singh Sidhu's remark
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Chandigarh: Following Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's jibe at Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, posters have been put up on the streets of Ludhiana which say 'Punjab Da Captain Sadda Captain (Punjab's captain is our captain)'.

On Sunday, a Congress MP from Ludhiana demanded Sidhu's apology, questioning why the cricketer-turned-politician is hesitating in apologising if he considers the Chief Minister his father.

"All the streets in Ludhiana are filled with posters that say 'Punjab's captain is our captain'. This is people's sentiment. Navjot Singh Sidhu should apologise. If he considers CM his father, why is he hesitating in apologising?" Ludhiana Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu had said.

Meanwhile, Sidhu said that he respects the Amarinder Singh and will sort things out himself. "You don't want wash dirty linen in public. He (Capt Amarinder Singh) is a fatherly figure, I love him, I respect him, I will sort it out myself," he said in Rajasthan's Jhalawar.

The Punjab Cabinet Minister has been facing flak since he said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi is also the 'captain' of Captain Amarinder Singh.

Many more Punjab ministers condemned Sidhu over his jibe at Amarinder Singh demanding his apology, 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 Panchayat minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Revenue and Rehabilitation minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi - had called for Sidhu's resignation from the state cabinet.

Amarinder Singh was in the Army and served as a captain during the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War.

Last week, Sidhu mocked Amarinder Singh in Hyderabad when reporters asked him about going to Pakistan, to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor, despite his disapproval.

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

(With inputs from agencies)