Ahead of the Rajasthan Assembly election on 7 December, Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in Alwar took a nasty jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he said that the dog of the "chowkidar (watchman)" was also on the thieves' side.
#WATCH: Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu says in Alwar, Rajasthan, "500 crore ka plane 1600 crore mein? 1100 crore kiski jeb mein dale, andar ki baat kis ke liye thi? Chowkidar ka kutta bhi chor se mil gaya hai." pic.twitter.com/GW6QeAvDkm
— ANI (@ANI) December 1, 2018
Referring to the Rafale deal row, Sidhu said, "Rs 1,600 crore for a Rs 500 crore plane? Whose pockets did the Rs 1,100 crore fill? Who benefited from this shady deal? Even the chowkidar's dog is on the thieves' side."
Earlier in November, Sidhu had said that Modi was a "katputli (puppet) of capitalists".
"The prime minister is a katputli of capitalists and he lies. If a farmer fails to repay a loan of Rs one lakh, the government beats drums," the cricketer-turned-politician had said at a Congress campaign rally in Madhya Pradesh's Chhindwara, referring to an initiative where bank officials arranged beating of drums to shame defaulters.
"...But when (industrialists) Adani and Ambani do not repay 1.5 lakh crore, you do 'pappi-jhappi' with them (embrace them). Does the Modi government belong to Adani and Ambani?" Sidhu had asked.
Taking a jibe at the prime minister's Make In India initiative, he had said, "When Rafale jets will come from France and bullet train from Japan, what will people do here? They will fry pakodas."
Claiming that the Modi government did not pay fair prices to farmers for their produce and the diesel price has been increased by Rs 6 and has reached Rs 82 per litre, he had said this was not "arthshastra" (economics) but "anarthshastra" (policy of disaster).
With inputs from PTI
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Updated Date: Dec 01, 2018 17:39 PM