“It is the CM who decides. I have no qualms. But why have those who performed in Lok Sabha election suffered while others who could not perform were rewarded with important departments,” asked a minister requesting anonymity.
The cricketer-turned-politician spent a few hours at his official residence in Sector 2 with his close aide and Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh. The two leaders are learnt to have discussed Sidhu’s future course of action.
The candidates for Punjab will be decided in the CEC. The screening committee for Punjab had met a few days ago in Delhi. The shortlisted candidates were to be taken up with the CEC, but with the meeting being postponed, the announcement will now be delayed.
Cabinet Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, who is also a contender for the ticket from Ferozepur, is also learnt to be upset with the Ghubaya’s entry. He too is learnt to have sought a meeting with Amarinder.
The party put him under suspension on January 16, following which he had apologised. Sources said the party wanted to keep him under suspension for some more time to convey a message to others that indiscipline would not be tolerated.
The state unit had earlier issued a show cause notice to Zira after he had alleged inaction against contractors selling illicit liquor. Jakhar said Zira was not able to explain his conduct in his reply.