Navjot Singh Sidhu today said he had been reduced to a decoration piece in Punjab and pointed out that conspiracies had been hatched to ensure he did not play any political role in the state.
While he lashed out against SAD, Congress as well as BJP in equal measure, his choicest barbs were reserved for the Badals and the Akalis. He was not unsparing of the Congress as well as Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh whom he accused of being “hand in glove” with the Akalis.
“Today Punjab is reduced to the position of a beggar. There is a debt of Rs 2 lakh crore on the state. If Punjab has to win, then a person is needed who will work selflessly and not just be a decoration piece,” he said.
Targeting the Badal family, he said only one family is making all the profits in Punjab while government properties are being mortgaged to meet expenses. “We will give the power of democracy to the people and not limit it to four people in the state only. There is anger among the people. They say Kaale Badal (a pun on the Badal family) are hovering over the state,” he said.
He asserted no political party was good or bad but people running these parties were bad, adding that the fight of Awaaz-e-Punjab forum was against such people and that they would oppose them.
“A lot of conspiracies were hatched against me. They tried to send me out of Amritsar. They brought a person to fight from Amritsar whom I respect the utmost. They tried to make me fight from Kurukshetra, from Delhi, etc., saying I will win by 2 lakh votes. I said I can win even from Kanyakumari but I did not want to leave Amritsar,” he said.
Sidhu also did not spare his own party, which is the alliance partner of SAD, saying while he was made to address 200 rallies prior to elections but when it came to forming government he was not even allowed to come on the stage. “I was made a decoration piece. The PM of Canada came but I was not allowed inside. Announcements of Rs 2,000 crore for development of Amritsar were made but I was not invited,” he said.
Sidhu also accused the ruling alliance of using religion to polarise votes and to divide people. “There were 9 and a half years of peace but suddenly in the last six months law and order situation had deteriorated when power is seen going out of hands.”
Training his guns at the Congress, Sidhu said former CM Partap Singh Kairon was his hero. He said the same party was being led by Amarinder who, he said, made statements against SAD in the day and then hugs them in the evening. “In the eyes of people these two parties are two sides of same coin. They play a friendly match. Just see which candidate they put up in Majitha in last elections. His party people said drugs is a burning issue but Amarinder said there is no need for CBI inquiry,” he said.
Sidhu did not give a clear answer if he had resigned from the BJP or not following his resignation from Rajya Sabha. He said the question should rather be put to BJP.
“My reply will be based on their reply,” he said and did not respond when told that Punjab BJP was of the view that it had no intimation of his resignation from the post.