Navjot Sidhu’s tantrums continue to embarrass the Congress at a time when the party high command is trying to focus on setting up its own home ahead of the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections.
The fresh headache for the ruling party was on Thursday after Sidhu – who is yet to formally withdraw his resignation as Congress’s Punjab unit chief – moved from Mohali to Lakhimpur in UP to protest the “brutal” killing. Decided to lead the party workers in Kheri. of farmers.
Sidhu looked troubled in the scene of the party preparing to set out on their protest as they had to wait for Chief Minister Charanjit Channi to arrive.
The former cricketer – whose threats to step down last month ruffled the Congress, especially since the party backed him in his bitter and public feud with former chief minister Amarinder Singh – was caught on camera criticizing his party. it was done.
In the video in question, Sidhu’s close aides and cabinet ministers are trying to pacify Pargat Singh by saying that Mr Channi will join him soon. Sukhwinder Singh Danny, the working president of the Punjab Congress, then tells Sidhu that the march will be successful.
The reaction appears to be bitter; He says: “Where is the success? If Bhagwant Sidhu’s son (in reference to his father) was allowed to lead, you would have seen… the Congress is at the dying stage…”
The remark has also been condemned by the opposition Akali Dal, which has said that it shows Sidhu’s lack of respect for the Dalit community. The Akalis have also declared that the remarks exposed the “caste card” of the Congress – ahead of the election – had been exposed.
“Those who put their ambition above the welfare of the people, they cannot give any direction to the state. They get exposed. Congress President Sonia Gandhi should tell Punjabis that she tried to fool them by making them the Chief Minister of Scheduled Castes.” Why… but at the same time reposed faith in Sidhu, said Akali Dal leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema.
Sidhu and Amarinder Singh have sparked an increasingly public and hostile feud over the past few months, resulting in Mr Singh declaring himself “disgraced” and resigning.
In doing so, Amarinder Singh repeatedly warned the Congress not to trust Sidhu and declared that he was committed to ensuring that his rival does not rise to his former position.
The Amarinder-Sidhu dispute dates back to the 2017 election, after which Sidhu was expected to be made the deputy chief minister, but was reportedly stalled by Amarinder Singh.
The Congress high command appointed Sidhu as the state unit chief and Charanjit Channi (Punjab’s first Dalit Sikh leader, and the appointment was made in light of the fact that Dalits constitute nearly a third of the state’s population) as chief minister. In the hope that it will fall down- fight.
However, Sidhu is not as keen to work with Channi as he was with Amarinder Singh.
His threat to resign from the post of Punjab Congress chief was apparently due to the chief minister not consulting him on important appointments for the state’s police chief.