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In tweet, Sidhu again demands removal of AG, DGP; Channi says ‘if there are differences, let’s settle it at party forum’

Sidhu had resigned as PPCC chief in protest against the appointments of the AG and DGP last week. He has neither withdrawn his resignation, nor has the high command lent any clarity on the status.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh |
Updated: October 4, 2021 6:14:14 am
Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi starts paddy procurement operations at a grain market in Rupnagar district. Channi has urged Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu to ‘do the party's work’ and called on him to settle differences at a party forum. (Photo: PTI)

CONGRESS LEADER Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday reiterated his demand for removal of Advocate General A P S Deol and DGP Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, tweeting: “Demand for justice in sacrilege cases and for arrest of main culprits behind the drug trade brought our Govt in 2017 & due to his failure, people removed the last CM. Now, AG/DG appointments rub salt on wounds of victims, they must be replaced or we will have no face.”

Later in the day, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjt Singh Channi said: “He (Navjot Sidhu) has sat down with me and talked about it. He asked me to send the panel. I have sent the panel…as per the law. As far as the government is concerned, it will do its work with honesty and good intent and it has to take everybody together. Sidhu sahib should do the party’s work. We both should work in coordination and we want to work with coordination. If there are any differences, if something is not being liked, then let us talk about it at party forum. We have made a coordination committee for that.”

Meanwhile, three days after Channi and Sidhu had a meeting to sort out differences over appointments of Deol and Sahota, Congress central observer Harish Chaudhary camped in Chandigarh to prepare a report for the high command on how the issue was affecting party prospects.

Sidhu has neither withdrawn his resignation as PPCC chief, nor has the high command lent any clarity on the status. He had resigned in protest against the appointments of the AG and DGP last week. Chaudhary had got a meeting organised between Channi and Sidhu and the issue was to be resolved.

After the meeting, it was agreed upon mutually that the government would send a panel to UPSC the same day and the decision on AG was left to the party high command. It was also stated that the high command would soon issue a statement about Sidhu’s resignation. However, the statement has not been issued even after three days of the meeting. The government prepared a panel of 10 police officers in a jiffy till late night that day and sent it to the UPSC.

Channi, who was at Morinda on Sunday, told the media that the government had sent a panel for the next DGP to the UPSC. The CM said now the state government was awaiting a panel from the Centre regarding three names finalised for the post of DGP.

Thereafter, the name of DGP would be finalised after consultation with PPCC president Navjot Singh Sidhu, all ministers and MLAs.

Channi said that the state government is functioning with dedication, sincerity and honesty and ensuring transparency in its administration would be the top most priority. He, however, said that organisational work is being looked after by the PPCC president and a committee had been constituted for better coordination between the government and the party.

Sources said that senior leaders of the party had not taken the tweet by Sidhu very kindly. “In an organisation, discipline is supreme. You cannot be a solo player every time and have to be a team player. Heroism should bother but at what cost?” asked a senior party leader privy to the report being prepared.

“After all, the CM should be allowed to have his AG. Opponents will find faults with anyone who is selected by the CM,” the leader said.

Entire Cabinet to meet Dera Beas head
The Punjab government has postponed its Cabinet meeting by a few hours on Monday as all the ministers would be going to Dera Radha Soami Satsang in Beas in the morning. They will be meeting the dera head ahead of 2022 Assembly elections.

Amarinder hits back at Pargat
A day after Cabinet minister Pargat Singh alleged that the procurement was delayed after former CM Amarinder Singh’s meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Amarinder hit back at Pargat. He tweeted: “What nonsense? Do you really think the people of Punjab will believe I’d ever collude with @BJP4India to delay procurement? And have you forgotten it affected BJP-led Haryana too? Or are you too naïve to understand these things?”

“And do you have any proof for these lies? Or are you so irresponsible you believe you can get away with such trash? People of Punjab know me & know I always have & will stand with the farmers. I expect honesty from a former Indian hockey Capt.”

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