Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday said people should learn nationalism from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who is the sitting MP from Rae Bareli.
He also said he would quit politics if Congress chief Rahul Gandhi lost the Lok Sabha election from Amethi.
Sidhu was with the BJP earlier but is now a minister in the Congress government in Punjab.
He rejected the BJP’s oft-repeated charge that there had been no economic development in 70 years, most of it under Congress rule.
Rather, the country made everything from a needle to an aircraft during this period, he said.
He lauded Sonia Gandhi for leading the Congress ably after her husband Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
It was due to her leadership that the Congress could retain power at the Center for 10 years (2004-2014), he said.
Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party, he said anyone who remained loyal to it was considered a nationalist and those who left it were dubbed anti-national.
The former cricketer also said that the controversy over the Rafale deal will lead to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s defeat in the general election.