Congressman Manish Tewari on Monday criticized advisers to Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, Dr Pyare Lal Garg and Malwinder Singh Mali, for their comments on “sensitive national issues” such as Kashmir and Pakistan.
Speaking to ANI, Mr Tewari said that the unanimous resolution of the Parliament of India in 1994, which was reiterated in 2012, declared Jammu and Kashmir as an integral part of India and that Partition’s only unfinished business was to to reclaim occupied areas such as Pakistan. occupied Kashmir (PoK) and northern territories.
“If anyone questions this resolution, forget the party, do such people even have the right to stay in the country?” he asked.
Mr Tewari’s comments were in response to Dr. Pyare Lal Garg who questioned the chief minister of Punjab’s criticism of Pakistan, as well as Malwinder Singh Mali’s earlier controversial statement on Kashmir. Both have recently been appointed by Mr. Sidhu as his advisers.
Mr Tewari further said that dissent has certain limits and such comments raise serious questions. “How can you support Pakistan, the country that sends weapons, drugs and drones to Punjab? Many people in Congress have sacrificed their lives fighting terrorism in Punjab and Kashmir. Such statements are a mockery of their martyrdom,” he said. he.
He further requested the Secretary-General of Congress in charge of the Punjab Congress, Harish Rawat, to take action against such people who make remarks against India’s national interests.
Earlier in the day, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit also condemned Nr Sidhu’s adviser Malwinder Singh Mali for posting a controversial outline of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi saying such actions were reprehensible. He also advised Mr Sidhu to distance himself from such advisers.
“You should not have political relations with such people. I have no objection if you want to have personal relations with them, but such people cannot be part of Congress,” he said.
He added that Mr Sidhu should take responsibility for his advisers and reprimand them for their comments on matters they do not understand.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Daljit Singh Cheema also responded to the controversy over the poster and took a look at Mr Sidhu.
“Who extended a friendly hand to the Pakistani prime minister when the nation was against Pakistan? Who hugged the Pakistani army chief? Navjot Singh Sidhu. If he is, why complain about his advisers,” he said.
Meanwhile, Punjab CM Amrinder Singh Sunday made a strong exception to recent statements by Mr Sidhu’s advisers, criticizing them for their comments that are “potentially dangerous to the peace and stability of the state and the country”.
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