Sidhu Stoned In Jammu, Wife Blames SAD

18 December 2014
Times of India
Yudhvir Rana & Rohan Dua

Jammu: Senior BJP leader and three-time Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu was on Thursday attacked in Jammu's Gandhi Nagar constituency while he was canvassing for party candidate Kavinder Gupta. The former cricketer escaped unhurt but four policemen were injured in the attack. Sidhu was not available for comment but his wife Navjot Kaur said they cannot rule out foul play by BJP's ally Shiromani Akali Dal and its party boss and Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Badal. The attack which is the second one on him this week took place when a group of Sikh youths pelted stones at his convoy around 1pm which was passing through the Bhor Camp area of Gandhi Nagar.An FIR under attempt to murder charge was registered against four Sikh men arrested by the Jammu police. 'These men have told us that they were upset with Sidhu over his recent statement on a hymn from the Sikh holy book. He has requested us to find out if any political party is behind this,' a police officer said. Sidhu had targeted the Badal family at public rallies during the Haryana assembly polls and later in Punjab. 'The first thought that comes to mind is that the party behind the attack is Akali Dal and particularly Badals. The reason is the amount of response Sidhu has got among the community in Jammu where BJP is at the forefront of new poll record. But even the Congress candidate Raman Bhalla in this constituency is a heavyweight and has been worried over the attendance of about 12,000-14,000 at our rallies everyday,' said Kaur, also a BJP MLA and chief parliamentary secretary in Punjab. These attacks on Sidhu have taken place two months after Akali government had first withdrawn the security cover comprising four constables to him and then restored it after drawing flak from BJP. On November 24, Sidhu had courted a controversy when a section of Sikhs including Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee accused him of wrongly attributing the words of Gurbani by the fifth Sikh master Guru Arjan Dev during his speech in Ludhiana. A complaint was filed before Jalandhar commissioner of police Yurinder Singh Hayer by Sikh Talmel Committee in this regard. On December 13, Sidhu was roughed up by a group of Sikh youth while he was leaving after addressing a rally in the same constituency.