Sidhu set the stage for Amarinder Singh’s resignation as Punjab CM on 18 September and the relatively lesser-known Dalit face Charanjit Singh Channi’s takeover, just four months before the Assembly polls
Navjot Singh Sidhu, whose apparent turnaround on resigning as Punjab Congress chief raised many heckles in the party, on Saturday announced “post or no post, will stand by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra”.
Backed by Rahul and Priyanka, Sidhu set the stage for Amarinder Singh’s resignation as Punjab chief minister on 18 September and the relatively lesser known Dalit face Charanjit Singh Channi’s takeover, just four months before the Assembly polls.
On Saturday, Sidhu vowed to “uphold the principles of Gandhiji and Shastriji” and said he remained committed to ensuring victory of the state.
“Will uphold principles of Gandhiji and Shastriji. Post or no post will stand by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi! Let all negative forces try to defeat me, but with every ounce of positive energy will make Punjab win, Punjabiyat (Universal Brotherhood) win and every Punjabi win!” he tweeted.
Will uphold principles of Gandhi Ji & Shastri Ji … Post or No Post will stand by @RahulGandhi & @priyankagandhi ! Let all negative forces try to defeat me, but with every ounce of positive energy will make Punjab win, Punjabiyat (Universal Brotherhood) win & every punjabi win !! pic.twitter.com/6r4pYte06E
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) October 2, 2021
Putting an end to the ongoing turmoil in the party’s Punjab unit, sources saidNews18
on Thursday that Sidhu would continue as Punjab Congress Committee chief after holding a high-stakes meet with Channi.
The sources further said that most of Sidhu’s demands have been accepted, and the decision is likely to be formally announced at a Cabinet meeting that has been called on 4 October.
The recent appointments of the director-general of police, the advocate general and some “tainted” leaders in the Channi cabinet had reportedly angered Sidhu.
Before his meet with Channi, Sidhu attacked the state’s new DGP, saying that he had wrongly indicted two Sikh youths in a desecration case and gave a clean chit to the Badals.
DGP IPS Sahota was head of SIT investigating Beadbi case under Badal Govt, he wrongfully indicted two Sikh youth for sacrilege & gave clean chit to Badals. In 2018, I along with INC Ministers, then PCC Pres & present Home Minister assured them of our support in fight for Justice. https://t.co/yX3TT17fCv pic.twitter.com/aQpJ9xq0KQ
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) September 30, 2021
The desecration of a religious text allegedly took place in Punjab’s Faridkot district in 2015, whose investigation was handed over by the then Parkash Singh Badal-led government to an SIT led by the current DGP Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota.
Sahota was given the additional charge of the state’s DGP by the Charanjit Singh Channi-led government, after which Sidhu quit as the state Congress chief and objected to his appointment.
Inputs from agencies