Instead of replying the question, Sidhu said: “Har sawaal ka jawab nhi hota, Har chehra lajwaab nhi hota, Bhanwra baithta hai har phool par, Par har phool gulaab nhi hota
The Hush Post: While a number of leaders from almost all the parties have welcomed making the dope test mandatory for all the government employees and have stated that it should be made compulsory for all legislators and ministers, cricketer-turned-politician and Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday ducked the question on the issue.
When Navjot Sidhu was asked a question during a press conference on Thursday, the former cricketer ducked the question in his signature style. When a journalist asked about his take whether the dope test should be made mandatory for elected representatives, Sidhu said: “Har sawaal ka jawab nhi hota, Har chehra lajwaab nhi hota, Bhanwra baithta hai har phool par, Par har phool gulaab nhi hota (Not every question has answers, every face is not unique, bumblebee sits on every flower, but every flower is not rose).”
While Sidhu is vocal on many such issues, his apparent evading to reply this question has many eyebrows and a question arises that whom Sidhu is trying to shield by not replying to this question.
Notably, several leaders from different political parties had appreciated the move of the Capt Amarinder Singh government that has decided to make the dope test mandatory for all the government employees. Several leaders while welcoming the move even said that the dope test should be made mandatory for the elected representatives and the ministers also.
Some leaders even volunteered to undergo the dope test. While Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Sunam, Aman Arora, got himself undergo a dope test, a Cabinet minister Tripat Rajinder Bajwa also volunteered himself for a dope test in Chandigarh but the test could not be done due to some reasons.
A day after Punjab government recommended the death penalty for drug peddlers and smugglers and dope test for government employees, several MLAs of three main political parties of the state came forward offering their dope test to set an example.
The first to offer dope test among ministers was Tript Rajinder Bajwa. He even reached a hospital to get his dope test conducted but due to health issues, the doctor declined to carry out the test. However, Aman Arora of the Aam Aadmi Party AAP became the first MLA to get his dope test conducted.
Among others seeking dope test for MLAs are former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and AAP MLA HS Phoolka.
On Wednesday, Capt. Amarinder Singh had made it mandatory for all its employees, including the police personnel, to undergo dope tests through every stage of the service.