New Delhi: A day after resigning from the post of Punjab Congress chief, Navjot Singh Sidhu, continues to accredit the AAM Admi Party which grabbed the state from his own party. Mr Sidhu, wished the new Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, through twitter and said that Mr Mann “unfurls a new anti-mafia era in Punjab.” Following his party’s defeat, he had drawn flak for congratulating the people of Punjab for making an “excellent decision” in choosing AAP.
“The happiest man is the one from whom no one expects … Bhagwant Mann unfurls a new anti – Mafia era in Punjab with a mountain of expectations …hope he rises to the occasion , brings back Punjab on the revival path with pro – people policies … best always,” he said on Twitter.
Mr Sidhu also featured actively in the Congress party’s prolonged infighting last year which experts believe was one of the reasons that led the party to a humiliating defeat. He thereby went head-to-head with former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, accusing him of shielding the drug mafia and going soft on political rivals accused in the sensitive sacrilege case. Captain Singh was then unceremoniously removed from the top job and replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi just months ahead of the state assembly elections. Mr Sidhu, who unsuccessfully projected himself as the Chief Minister contender after Captain Singh’s removal, continued to take swipes at his own party’s government led by Mr Channi.
Mr Sidhu, in his first interaction with media that was followed by the party’s defeat, he had drawn attention for congratulating the people of Punjab for making an “excellent decision” in choosing AAP.
When asked how he can say that being the Congress president, he had asserted that the people have chosen change and they are never wrong. “The voice of the people is the voice of God. We should understand with humility and bow to it,” he said.
Mr Sidhu himself lost the Amritsar East seat to Jeevanjyot Kaur of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by a margin of over 6,000 votes. While he polled 32,929 votes, Ms Kaur received 39,520 votes.
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