Amid criticism over his cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan for the inauguration of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he had asked him to reconsider it.
However, Singh said he acceded to Sidhu’s request for permission as he did not believe in stopping anyone from undertaking a “personal visit”.
The CM said Sidhu was campaigning in Madhya Pradesh when he told him to reconsider his decision. “Sidhu told me he had already committed himself to going. When I informed him of the stand I had taken on the issue, he said it was his personal visit but he would get back to me. But I did not hear from him,” Singh said.
He added the cabinet minister had sent him a request for going and he approved it. “I do not stop anyone from going anywhere on a private visit. It is not an official visit,” said the CM