Jaipur, Dec 3 (IBNS): After getting a strong message from his party for denying Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh as his "captain", Congress leader and state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said the former is a "fatherly figure" to him, media reports said.
Sidhu, who is now in poll-bound Rajasthan for his party's campaign, said he will sort out the row by himself.
The Congress categorically stated Sidhu that he cannot defy his "boss" Singh, report said.
The genesis of the recent controversy can be traced back to Sidhu's visit to Pakistan for the opening of the Kartarpur corridor.
Making his party uncomfortable, Sidhu on Friday said he went to Pakistan with the blessings of party "captain" Rahul Gandhi.
On being asked why he went to Pakistan even as Singh asked him not to do so, Sidhu had said, "My captain is Rahul Gandhi, he has sent me everywhere." Later, he clarified his statement on Twitter saying he went to the neighbouring nation due to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's personal invitation.
Punjab ministers said if Sidhu did not consider Singh as his "captain", he should better resign from the state cabinet.
Sidhu received this flak from rural development and panchayat minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, revenue and rehabilitation minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and sports minister Rana Gurmeet SinghSodhi, said reports.
Sidhu holds the local bodies and tourism portfolio.
Even as Singh targeted Pakistan over the 'terrorist attacks' and had declined to visit the country, Sidhu played the goodwill ambassador when he arrived in the neighbouring nation to attend the Katarpur corridor ground-breaking ceremony in Nankana Sahib.