The Hush Post|8:44 am |one-minute-read
A day after Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s contradictory statement that Congress president Rahul Gandhi did not give permission to him to visit Kartarpur Sahib corridor’s ground breaking ceremony at least four ministers have sought his resignation.
Sidhu’s remarks came at a press conference in Hyderabad, where he was campaigning for the Congress, raked up a political controversy as the Amarinder camp took offence to Sidhu’s statement.
Punjab rural development minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa, who is an Amarinder loyalist, was the first to ask the local bodies minister to resign if he thought that Captain wasn’t his captain. “Rahul is the captain of the entire Congress. But Amarinder is the undisputed leader of the Punjab Congress. The tone and body language used by Sidhu for the CM was humiliating and disgusting. He has no moral right to continue as minister,” he said, adding: “Sidhu is a man in a hurry. He has high dreams. But he needs to slow down and talk less, else he may fall.”
Seconding Bajwa, revenue minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria said, “I feel what Sidhu said does not behove a minister. The tone and tenor he used for the CM was insulting.” He might as well resign if he is not happy functioning under Captain Amarinder. By Saturday evening, two more cabinet ministers — Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi and Sadhu Singh Dharamsot — joined the anti-Sidhu rant. Sodhi said Amarinder was announced as the CM candidate by Rahul before elections. “If Sidhu feels the CM is not his captain, he should give up the position he occupies in his cabinet,” he said.
Sidhu distanced himself from the remarks & defended saying that he also remarked that Captain was like ‘my father’
Dharamsot said a minister cannot say he is not answerable to the CM and report to the same person. He said that Sidhu was not sitting in a comedy show. “In a comedy show, people laugh at such things. But running a government is not a comedy show,” Dharamsot said.
Jails minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said his body language at the press conference was disrespectful.
Sidhu, who is now campaigning in Rajasthan, swiftly tried to set the record straight and distanced himself from the “Amarinder captain of army” statement. He stated that it was an off-the-cuff remark. “But I stand by my statement that Rahul is both my and Amarinder’s captain,” he said.
Reacting to the demand of resignation, Sidhu said: “I am accountable to my conscience and the people of Punjab. If someone distorts my statement, it is not my fault. I have also said in the press conference that Amarinder is like my father.”