Navjot Singh Sidhu faces backlash over his comments on Pulwama attack; boycott Kapil Sharma show trends


The terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir claimed more than 40 lives of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and left several injured. The dastardly act sent a shiver down every patriotic Indians’ spine. On Thursday, terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) rammed a truck carrying explosives into a bus carrying the Indian jawans.

The terrorist attack has been condemned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has ensured that the lives lost will not go in vain and a befitting reply will soon be given. However, Navjot Singh Sidhu who serves as a Minister in the Punjab Assembly and is seen as a host on The Kapil Sharma Show used very mild and unsavoury words for the terror attacks. He was quoted as saying, “For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual? It (the attack) is a cowardly act and I condemn it firmly. Violence is always condemnable and those who did it must be punished."

[caption id="attachment_214378" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Kapil Sharma and Navjot Singh Sidhu[/caption]

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His words have not gone well with the Twitterati who lambasted the former cricketer-turned-politician. He received severe backlash and soon hashtags like #BoycottKapilSharmaShow, #BoycottSidhu, Siddhu started trending on the micro-blogging site. Netizens even asked their beloved comedian Kapil Sharma to expel Sidhu from the show. Even the channel, as well as the show’s sponsors, got the brunt of the Twitterati’s ire. Check out some of the tweets below.

In the wake of the terrorist attack, several Bollywood celebrities expressed their grief and a few took suitable actions to show their solidarity and support to the Indian soldiers. Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar canceled their invitation from Karachi Art Council for the centenary celebrations of Azmi’s father, renowned poet Kaifi Azmi and even called to halt all cultural exchange with Pakistan. Kangana Ranaut canceled the scheduled success bash for her film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi as well.