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Sidhu’s advisor Malvinder Mali resigns, says CM, SAD leaders to be held responsible if he is physically harmed

Malvinder Singh Mali said Punjab has been yearning for change and fighting for the rights of minorities, human rights, democratic rights, but the current politics in the state is suffering from intellectual poverty.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh |
Updated: August 27, 2021 9:33:00 pm
Malvinder Singh Mali

Amid raging controversy over his social media posts, Malvinder Singh Mali, on Friday quit as an advisor to Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President, Navjot Singh Sidhu. Mali posted his resignation on his Facebook page.

In his resignation on Friday, Mali levelled allegations against Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, SAD leaders Bikram Singh Majithia and Sukhbir Badal, and said if any physical harm is done to him then these leaders will be responsible.

He said Punjab has been yearning for a change and is looking for someone to fight for the rights of minorities, for human rights, and democratic rights. But the current politics in the state is suffering from intellectual poverty that does not tolerate any change in the ruling dispensation.

He said he will continue with his fight with the help of like-minded people. He went on to claim that if there is any harm to his life then Amarinder SIngh, Vijay Inder Singla, Manish Tewari, Sukhbir Badal, Bikram Majithia, BJP leader Subhash Sharma, AAP leader Jarnail Singh and Raghav Chadha will be responsible.

Attacking the Congress high command and Party general secretary in-charge, Harish Rawat, without naming them, Mali said Punjab has become a goldmine for the high commands and for Punjab in-charges who operate from Delhi.

Sidhu on August 11 had appointed Mali, a former government teacher, as one of his four advisers to seek “wise counsel”. In a recent social media post, Mali had waded into the issue of revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and stated that “Kashmir is a country of Kashmiri people”.

Mali’s comments had immediately invited the ire of Rawat and the party high command. Later, Mali had also shared a sketch of Indira Gandhi on social media, calling her a tormentor and causing another storm. Despite repeated attempts, he had refused to withdraw his posts. Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, too had asked Sidhu on Sunday to rein in his advisers after two of them made “atrocious comments” on sensitive issues such as Kashmir and Pakistan.

On Friday, Rawat termed Mali’s resignation a “very good” development. He said Mali had already clarified in his Facebook post that his posts were his personal opinions and the party and Sidhu had nothing to do with them.

Sidhu had been earlier advised by Rawat to sack Mali, but Sidhu had dug his heels in. Rawat had even gone public in a TV interview and said that Sidhu should sack such advisers and if he does not do so, then Rawat would himself sack him.

Sources said that it was after the intervention of top leadership of Congress, that Sidhu adviced Mali to put in his papers.

Amarinder had also taken a swipe at Mali and told him to advice Sidhu, rather than speaking on issues of national interest.

Mali’s resignation is being seen as a setback for Sidhu, who had tried to dig his heels in for Mali’s defence. It is, however, learnt that the Gandhis were very upset with Mali’s Facebook post, especially those on Indira Gandhi and it was only a matter of time before Mali’s head rolled.

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