Sidhu's sidhusims enthrall Lok Sabha

Published: Monday, December 13, 2004, 20:51 [IST]
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New Delhi:Cricketer-turned commentator Navjot Singh Sidhu today hogged the limelight in Lok Sabhaas he questioned the Government over what he termed as "self-contradictory" stand on development of a four-lane road between Jallandhar and Amritsar.

"You have got a lot of admirers here," Speaker Somnath Chatterjee observed adding in a lighter vein "we are waiting for your Sidhusim", an apparent reference to Sidhu'sanecdotes and unique style of cricket commentary.

Sidhu wanted to know how tenders were called for the project when Government says it has not yet been approved.

A suprise BJP nominee from Amritsar, Sidhu, who had rushed from Pakistan during the Indo-Pak series for his election campaign, said the prestige of the nation was involved.

He said while this side of the border on the 25 km stretch was full of potholes, once crossing over to Pakistan, there was an impressive six-lane road.

"There is no fruit without the root," was one of Sidhu's one liners. The once dashing opening batsman wanted to know why Amritsar was being ignored.

"I compliment you," Chatterjee told Sidhu on his presentation.

When Sidhu wanted to speak again, the Speaker allowed with a rider "this should not be taken as a precedent. I am allowing because of your sportsmanship."

Adorning a dark suit, Sidhu then went on to recite a couplet.

In his response, Road Transport Minister T R Baalu recalled that he had complimented Sidhu as a cricketer but went on tell the BJP member that he was "100 per centmisinformed" about the status of the project.

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