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Punjab Opposition leaders take dig at Sidhu after his resignation as Congress president

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which said that the selfish motives of Congress leaders were out with Sidhu’s resignation, also said there is “complete anarchy” in the state unit of Congress.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | New Delhi |
Updated: September 28, 2021 7:35:22 pm
Navjot Singh Sidhu. (File Photo)

From calling Navjot Singh Sidhu a “misguided missile” to accusing him of not being able to digest a Scheduled Caste Chief Minister, the Opposition parties in Punjab had a field day attacking him and the Congress after he resigned as the president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which said that the selfish motives of Congress leaders were out with Sidhu’s resignation, also said there is “complete anarchy” in the state unit of Congress.

“Complete and absolute anarchy in Punjab Congress. How can the people of Punjab expect these selfish leaders to give a stable, progressive and inclusive administration? How can these people be trusted with a state which has a 550 km border with Pakistan?,” asked AAP’s Punjab co-in-charge and Delhi MLA Raghav Chadha in a tweet.

Chadha also tweeted that he had, earlier in the day in a press conference, questioned Sidhu on “tainted” MLA Rana Gurjit Singh’s induction in the cabinet and the appointment of APS Deol as the Advocate General of the state. “CM Channi should immediately sack these two and initiate action,” tweeted Raghav.

Later, Chadha said Punjab is feeling ashamed after the resignation of ‘Sardar’ Navjot Singh Sidhu. “Punjab government has been reduced to a bad joke. The biggest losers in this fight for power among Congress leaders are the people of Punjab,” he said.

He lost no opportunity to push AAP as the only viable alternative to Congress and the only party which could give Punjab a stable government. “Can we expect a stable government from such Congress leaders in a border state like Punjab? I think the time has come that we should also pray to God that such unstable people who have made the state government and Congress a joke should be discarded and AAP should be chosen,” he said.

The party’s state president and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann said Congress leaders have crossed all limits in their lust for power and this was exemplified in the resignation of Navjot Singh Sidhu. “Never before has Punjab been insulted in the eyes of the nation as has been done by these Congress leaders in the past few days.

AAP MLA from Sunam, Aman Arora, said the infighting between Congress leaders in the past three months for the post of state president and then the bitter power struggle which took place for the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Ministers’ posts and the humiliation of Captain Amarinder Singh has shown the real face of the party.

“On one hand Captain Amarinder Singh is said to be meeting BJP leaders in Delhi while Navjot Singh Sidhu has resigned as the state president. I feel the name of Indian National Congress should be changed to Indian National Circus. The issues of farmers, the youths or the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib have been put on the backburner by Congress leaders,” he said.

Meanwhile, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said Sidhu is a “misguided missile” and it is now known who he would harm because of his own interests. “I have been saying this for a long time. First the missile hit Captain Amarinder Singh and now it has hit the Congress party. This is because Sidhu is full of self interest. In my view, he should just leave everything and go to Mumbai,” said Sukhbir.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Tarun Chugh said Sidhu could not digest the appointment of a Chief Minister from the Scheduled Castes and therefore in his greed for the CM’s chair, he resigned. “The greed for power and pride has resulted in this. Sidhu should learn to bend. You (Congress) did not appoint any Chief Minister from the SC community on your own but because we put pressure on you to appoint one. But you did not give him the respect that he deserves,” said Chugh.

The BJP leader added Sidhu wants to do everything himself as a super CM and decide on the names of ministers, the portfolios they should be given and the officials to be appointed to key posts. “The CM was repeatedly humiliated. He was shown being led by the hand at religious places. Where is the 18-point agenda of the Congress and justice for the Bargari victims? This is a border state. This is not comedy circus,” Chugh added.

State BJP president Ashwani Sharma said Sidhu lacks the maturity and sagacity that is needed in politics. “He has resigned because he realised that the Congress high command is not going to make him the Chief Minister if it comes to power in the assembly elections,” he said.

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