Navjot Singh Sidhu demanded the top cadre of Congress to provide him with the freedom to make decisions on his own. He said that he has informed the Congress leaders to let him take decisions or he won’t spare anyone. He stated he doesn’t want to stay as a showhorse.
He said decisions must be taken because they’re important and help boost industry and international trade. Recounting the despair in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu said, he has put his life on the line and he won’t back out. These comments were made after Malwinder Singh Mali quit the position of advisor to Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Malwinder Singh Mali and Pyare Lal Garg, the advisors of Sidhu, made several controversial statements on Kashmir.
Navjot Singh Sidhu stated that he is working towards changing lives and developing the Punjab model. He mentioned that he has told the top cadre of Congress that he will not let Congress down and the party will prosper for the next twenty years.
But, at the same time, he mentioned that liberty to take decisions should be provided to him, eint naal eint bi kharkaonga (it will be disastrous for the party).
The chief minister of Punjab, Amarinder Singh, criticized the comments made by Malwinder Singh Mali, calling them outrageous. Following this, the Congress top cadre asked Sidhu to sack his advisors.
Congress commented on the situation, stating that Navjot Singh Sidhu, as the state chief, is free to take decisions within the jurisdiction and norms of the constitution and the rules of the party.
Harish Rawat from Congress asked if the state chief will not take decisions, then who will? He advises leaders in Punjab to avoid making comments that could be misinterpreted by the public.
He’d met with Sonia Gandhi to discuss the Congress-Punjab mess. Congress MP Manish Tewari had responded to the comments made by the advisors of Sidhu. He urged Harish Rawat to introspect the party and find out who considered J&K not a part of India and have a pro-Pakistan policy.
Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu have been loggerheads and have engaged in public statements against each other. A couple of MLAs and eight MPs had attended a dinner in Chandigarh sponsored by Amarinder Singh, in a show of strength.
Following the incident, over thirty-four Congress MLAs and several ministers held a meeting at Chandigarh raising demands for the removal of the chief minister Amarinder Singh. Four ministers even stated that they have lost confidence in him. The opposition members are criticizing the Punjab governance and the crisis brewing in the state.