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SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal tells Charanjit Singh Channi, don’t let ‘super CM’ Sidhu be treated like ‘rubber stamp’

By PTI

CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday referred to Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu’s role in government decisions and asked Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to carry the “super CM” with him as a “rubber stamp”. Don’t act like ‘.

Badal asked the new Chief Minister to behave in accordance with the dignity of his post.

Talking to reporters here, the SAD chief was asked about Sidhu’s “role” in the decisions of the state government.

He said that Channi should not be allowed, “an extra-constitutional super CM treats him like a dummy and rubber stamp”.

Badal also claimed that the Congress party is insulting the Scheduled Caste population of Punjab “by sending the message that Channi is only as the fifth choice and that he has to dominate not only his own deputy CM but people outside the government as well.” by allowing it to happen”.

In a light-hearted manner, Badal said Channi should be grateful to the Akali Dal, which decided to make him a deputy chief minister from the SC community if the party came to power in the next state elections.

The Shiromani Akali Dal chief claimed that this put the Congress party on the defensive and Channi benefited from it.

Talking about another issue, Badal said he has heard some “ridiculous statements” about safety and cars.

Channi had said at an event in Kapurthala on Thursday that he has asked the state police to reduce his security as having so many people for his security is a “waste of resources”.

He said, “Let me remind the chief minister that his party president Navjot Sidhu begged and took the same car from Amarinder Singh and also intervened from Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to get it. He is not in the government, but Still using the same car,” he alleged.

Asked to comment on some reports that the state government may target them, Badal said they can “quench their thirst for vengeance immediately”.

“We are ready. They should not waste their time and the state’s time on this. They are targeting us because they know that their days are numbered and the SAD-BSP alliance will win the next elections. They are just scared. It’s dark and whistling,” claimed the SAD chief.

Referring to the recent reshuffle in the state’s top bureaucracy after Channi was sworn in as chief minister, Badal alleged that the government was calling officers and offering them powerful posts in the police so that they could “arrest” Akali leaders. be able to prepare.

“Many of these officers are calling to tell us that unprecedented pressure is being put on them for this. I have told them not to worry about it and do what the government tells them to do,” he said. But we will see who walks out of the constitutional line,” he said.

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