Cen­tre worse than Kumbhkarna, says Navjot Sidhu

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Htpunjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

KASAULI:Pun­jab tourism min­is­ter Navjot Singh Sidhu al­leged that the state govern­ment was un­able to carry out the much-needed re­vamp of the Jallianwala Bagh in Am­rit­sar due to the slow re­sponse of the bu­reau­cracy.

“Money is not the is­sue. The state govern­ment wants to take up the process, but the Jallianwala Bagh comes un­der a trust whose head is the Prime Min­is­ter. Even Kumbhkarna used to wake up ev­ery six months, but this govern­ment has been sleep­ing,” the crick­eter-turned-po­lit­i­can said at a ses­sion at the Khush­want Singh Lit Fest on Fri­day.

Leav­ing the au­di­ence in splits, Sidhu spoke about his in­fa­mous hug to Pak­istan Army chief Gen­eral Qa­mar Javed Ba­jwa, and said, “I give two hoots to peo­ple who have prob­lems with it.” He added, “My hug is no Rafale.”

On the MeToo move­ment, Sidhu said those who op­pressed have to make way. “The move­ment has left me con­cerned. Rather than the MeToo-MeToo drama, fam­i­lies must raise their chil­dren in a cor­rect man­ner. We have to lead the way,” the min­is­ter said. He even sug­gested a way, “Sr­ishti ko badalna hai toh dr­ishti ko badlo (To change the world, change your out­look.” Sidhu said the fear of the law is ba­sic and peo­ple who de­based women should be de­based.

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