The Hush Post|09:25 pm| 2-min-read
The Congress high command has asked ministers, including Navjot Sidhu, to stay calm on the Sidhu-Amarinder controversy generated post-Kartarpur stone laying ceremony, according to media reports.
A crucial meeting of ministers headed by Capt Amarinder Singh took place on Monday afternoon. There was no discussion on Sidhu though the media was apprehensive that ministers would vie for Sidhu’s removal.
Punjab rural development minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa, an Amarinder loyalist, had been the first one to ask Sidhu to resign. Sidhu had in one of the media interactions said that Amarinder Singh was a Captain in the Army, his captain was only Rahul Gandhi. “The tone and body language used by Sidhu for the CM was humiliating and disgusting. He has no moral right to continue as minister,” Bajwa had said.
Next to seek Sidhu’s resignation was revenue minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria. “I feel what Sidhu said does not behove a minister. He might as well resign if he is not happy functioning under Captain Amarinder,” he had said.
Two more cabinet ministers, Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi and Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, joined the diatribe against Sidhu.
A news report quoted sources as saying that a senior Congress leader has conveyed Rahul Gandhi’s message to Punjab ministers. High Command had said there are elections in Rajasthan on December 7. Sidhu being its star campaigner cannot be messed with so no one will talk on this subject till the Assembly elections are over was the clear message. Even Sidhu has been asked to restrain from making any statement.
While talking to media persons, Sidhu said on Monday that he himself will solve this issue and that Captain Amarinder Singh was a respectable leader.