Chandigarh, 18 August(Wishav Warta): The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh to take prompt action against Local Bodies minister Navjot Sidhu for insulting the nation and the national flag by allowing several Congress leaders to take part in the ceremonial guard of honour inspection during the Independence Day celebrations in Ferozepur. In a statement here, former minister and SAD spokesperson Maheshinder Singh Grewal said this was a fit case for taking action against the Congress minister as he was yet to apologize and express remorse for breaching the sanctity of a solemn occasion. “Dealing with Sidhu with a heavy hand has also become a matter of urgency because an insidious attempt is being made to shift responsibility to a hapless police inspector”, he added.
Stating that the serious insult to national pride occurred solely due to Navjot Sidhu, the Akali leader said the Local Bodies minister took the four Congress leaders along with him to the parade ground after alighting from the stage. He said the minister was insistent that the Congress leaders accompany him while inspecting the guard of honour and this was why the police officers, including the DSP and the SSP, did not stop them from hopping on to the inspection vehicle and crowding it.