Before the start of the Punjab Budget session, Akali leaders led by Majithia bunt the photographs of Sidhu including those in which he is seen hugging the Pakistan Army chief, outside the House.
The Shiromani Akali Dal on February 16 asked Congress President Rahul Gandhi to expel Sidhu for his remarks on the Pulwama terror attack.
The Chief Minister hit out at the Akalis and the BJP Central leadership for "indulging" in unwarranted controversy over his (Chief Minister's) relations with Sidhu.
Sidhu recently said Gandhi was his 'captain', which was seen as a dig at Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Sidhu's visit had riled Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who said on record he tried to dissuade Sidhu, a member of his cabinet, following a grenade attack on a religious congregation in Amritsar that left three people dead, but he paid no heed. Singh had blamed Pakistan's ISI for the attack.
Sidhu, who attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor on the Pakistani side, said both the government should realise that they have to move forward.
The 4-km-long corridor will connect Dera Baba Nanak in India's Gurdaspur district with Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib Narowal in Pakistan. The corridor will provide visa-free access to the Indian Sikh pilgrims to the gurdwara.
The Centre on Thursday said it will develop and build the corridor from Punjab's Gurdaspur district to the International Border to facilitate Indian pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan.
"Income of industrialists registered a massive increase of 75 per cent, while the income of 99 per cent of the middle class and common people has declined by one per cent in 2017," he claimed.
"The prime minister is a 'katputli' of capitalists and he lies. If a farmer fails to repay a loan of Rs one lakh, the government beats drums," he said, apparently referring to an initiative where bank officials arranged beating of drums to shame defaulters.
“I welcome this auspicious step by the Union Cabinet, it will be a cup of joy for 12 crore 'Nanak Naam Laivas'. It will build bridges, burn animosity and will act like a soothing balm for two neighbouring countries,” Sidhu said in a tweet.
India-Pakistan ties rest on a sensitive fuse that must not be tested to the indiscretions of individuals. The cavalier attitude adopted by the likes of Sidhu must not meddle with the issue
The cricketer-turned-politician's Congress party has been attacking the BJP-led government at the Centre over the Rafale fighter jet deal and alleged a scam worth several crore rupees in the matter.
When asked about Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal's claim that he was reprimanded by Swaraj during the meeting in Delhi on Monday, Sidhu refused to comment on the matter.
Cricketer-turned politician Sidhu had courted controversy by hugging Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa during his visit to Pakistan for the swearing-in of Imran Khan as Prime Minister.
Sidhu flatly refused to comment on Bajwa's remarks made during a Pakistan Day address, and pushed for talks with Islamabad.
Taking cognizance of the petition filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha, the Chief Judicial Magistrate Hari Prasad said he will personally look into the matter and fixed August 29 as the next date of hearing.
However, the Shriomani Akali Dal (SAD) president slammed the cricketer turned politician for his statement and alleged that it was a ploy to divert the attention from his controversial hug to Pakistan army chief Qamar Bajwa.
Diplomacy is prerogative of the Centre, he said and wondered whether the Gandhi scion is trying to run a parallel government.
In the video clip, Sanjay Jaat, district head of the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal, (break away group owning allegiance to Pravin Togadia), is seen venting his anger at Sidhu, whom he even calls a "traitor".
BJP does not have any problem with his Pakistan visit, but the former test cricketer has disrespected our martyrs by sitting beside Pakistan occupied Kashmir president.
Sidhu had attended the event in Pakistan on August 18. He was slammed by the Opposition and earned displeasure.
Slammed by opposition and earning displeasure even from his own chief minister, the cricketer turned politician said he hugged the Pakistan Army chief in an "emotional" moment.
In his complaint, Ojha contended that Sidhu's gesture of "hugging" Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has hurt his feeling and that of other Indians.
Whenever the reply has to be given, I will give and I will give it to all. It will be a strong reply Sidhu said.