Former Indian batsman and star campaigner of saffron party, Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday targeted GPP’s Keshubhai Patel with his trademark sarcastic comments.
The politician, who is known for his unique style of cricket commentary, said that Patel has betrayed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is equivalent to eating beef. “BJP made Patel a chief minister, and now he is stabbing the saffron party in its back,” said Sidhu in his public rally in Radhanpur, Patan district.
Earlier on November 29, Sidhu had called Patel a traitor in his speech at Visavadar. “He is fighting for a party that made him a chief minister. You vote against him and throw him out of the state like a ball hit for a six,” said Sidhu at Visavadar, where Patel is contesting from.
“Narendra Modi is the future while Keshubhai is best relegated to the past. He is neither a leader, nor an effective politician,” said Sidhu during his press conference in Amreli.
Sidhu, who addressed several other rallies in north Gujarat, came down heavily on prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “There is a Sardar sitting in New Delhi, but I've doubts whether he is a true Sardar. Even if he is a Sardar, he is not asardaar (not effective),” he said.
Taking serious note of comments made by Sidhu, Keshubhai Patel criticised him sharply and alleged that Narendra Modi and BJP are responsible for such comments.
“How can one consider me a traitor? I’m the founding stone of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the saffron party,” said Patel, while addressing a press conference at his residence in Gandhinagar.
“RSS is a national organisation. If anyone has an iota of proof against me, make them public. I’m ready to be stoned to death,” he added.
Patel also denounced comments made by Sidhu, who labelled his act of "betraying" the saffron party akin to eating beef, and demanded that a case be registered for inciting communal sentiments.
“I’m a follower of Vaishnav Sampradaya and 100% vegetarian. Beef is sin for me. Modi has sold huge tracts of gauchar land, forcing rearers to sell their animals to butchers. They should be punished,” said Patel.
He further said that Modi and BJP are attacking him indirectly. “A sitting MLA and Rajya Sabha MP were present at the public rally. These harsh words came from a member of parliament. This couldn’t have been possible without support of the party or the chief minister. They are afraid of a clear defeat at the hands of GPP,” said Patel.