The Punjab Congress president is waging a marketing campaign towards the BJP, Badals and the person he likes to hate, Amarinder Singh. But it surely appears he’s on his personal more often than not
In Navjot Singh Sidhu’s mirror of the thoughts he’s a Normal (Jarnail in Punjabi) caught up in workforce video games. Relying on the way you see it, he’s both brutally individualistic or extremely self-centred, uncompromising or intransigent, a born commander or an influence hungry politician. Both manner, he can’t fathom why the highest submit of captain or chief minister has not been naturally bequeathed to him.
Sidhu is taking part in a key position for the Punjab Congress within the coming Meeting elections. Anointed president of the state Congress unit — after a lot controversy — there’s a lot resting on him. He’s supposedly near Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi. They like his aggression, starvation to excel, tackle the rivals, and all of this he does in a excessive decibel marketing campaign.
The issue arises when he exhibits utter disdain and public contempt for a few of his personal teammates. Like a few of the world’s greatest batters when you rile or sledge them, they use it to lift their recreation. Sidhu is in that mould. He nonetheless can’t perceive why the Congress management by no means gave him the CM place after Amarinder Singh was ousted. To borrow a line that former US President Ronald Reagan used for Jimmy Carter after beating him: “It was way past his bedtime.” Sidhu despatched the identical sign to Amarinder.
To determine Sidhu’s psychological make-up considerably, let me take you thru another strands from the previous. I met him for the primary time close to Patiala when he had retired from worldwide cricket. We had been making an attempt to get him to do a present for a broadcast community. I bear in mind assembly him in a restaurant the place he sat in the course of a big couch, arms akimbo, completely proudly owning the place. He was loud, gregarious, extroverted. The present didn’t occur as he wouldn’t budge from a determine he had in thoughts.
Some years later, my good good friend Ajay Jadeja was doing a present with Sidhu. He complained Sidhu wouldn’t let him converse, always interrupt and dominate the present. That indicated Sidhu’s nature of being the alpha male. When he entered politics, his senior Ravi Shastri instructed me, Sidhu had a single-minded doggedness which might take him far in Indian politics.
Lower to the current. Sidhu is waging a marketing campaign towards the BJP, Badals and the person he likes to hate, Amarinder Singh. But it surely appears he’s on his personal more often than not. CM Charanjit Singh Channi, whereas interacting with a media home, stated Sidhu is understood for his sixers and that’s the manner he performs. Don’t count on singles and twos from him.
It was reported that CM Channi was within the strategy of talks together with his Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal in regards to the feasibility of giving eight LPG cylinders per yr and Rs 2,000 monthly to Punjab’s ladies when abruptly Sidhu bought a sniff of it. He fired the primary volley from Bhadaur that ladies had been in for a bonanza if his get together was voted to energy. He wished the highlight on himself.
Former MP from Gurdaspur, Partap Singh Bajwa, would have been stunned as such declarations are made within the get together manifesto. And he’s the chairman of the manifesto committee.
In one other occasion, even because the get together screening committee, which shortlists candidates, was holding sittings, Sidhu declared that Fateh Jung Bajwa, sitting MLA of Qadian, can be re-nominated for the ticket. He additionally introduced at a public rally held in Batala that Ashwani Sekhri can be the get together’s candidate from Batala.
Sidhu is neither a veteran Congressman nor does he have an enormous political base. But, he was chosen to go the state unit, ostensibly with the intention of utilizing his celeb standing to melt the anti-incumbency issue. Sidhu had attacked Amarinder for not fulfilling ballot guarantees. And he’s now equally unsparing of Channi. Sidhu had his manner by getting Channi to interchange advocate normal APS Deol with DS Patwalia and state DGP IPS Sahota with Sidharth Chattopadhyay. And all of this was in full public glare.
Rahul and Priyanka meant to make use of Sidhu as a workforce participant, a second in-command and an adhesive to maintain the workforce collectively. Because it transpires, Sidhu can’t or received’t be capable to perform any of these nice expectations. He needs to be projected because the CM face. Sensing bother, Rahul’s proper hand man, KC Venugopal, referred to as 4 senior Congress members to Delhi. They apparently conveyed a message: Rein in Sidhu or else the get together might face electoral injury.
Voices from inside say extra energy to Sidhu might injury prospects amongst each Dalits and higher caste Hindus. Channi, Punjab’s first Dalit chief minister, has been mobilising his personal caste base (Ravidasi/ Ramdasi/ Adi Dharmi). He’s additionally wooing different Dalit sub-castes. Congress is frightened that the get together’s higher caste Hindu base is shifting to the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Get together (AAP). If the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) manages to stroll away with the Jat Sikh vote, it would injury the Congress greater than AAP within the Malwa belt. Rural panthic voters could also be tilting in direction of the SAD.
The most recent incident is Sidhu’s rift with residence minister Sukhjinder Randhawa over SAD chief Bikram Singh Majithia not being arrested in a medicine case. Randhawa, a Jat Sikh like Sidhu, has provided to resign on the problem. Each Sidhu and Randhawa wield clout in Punjab’s higher Majha area, which can also be represented by leaders resembling Tript Rajinder Bajwa, Sukhbinder Sarkaria, Om Parkash Soni and Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa. That Sidhu had been holding rallies of their areas has not gone down properly with these leaders.
Following the most recent bother in Punjab over the Prime Minister’s safety breach, the Channi administration has been underneath fireplace. So, Sidhu selected to counter assault. In a press convention he stated: “How can the PM address 7,000 chairs in which 500 people are sitting in a rally,” he alleged. “All the real issues of the state, be it farmers or unemployment, have been put to the backburner.”
“PM Modi, your party and Sangh Parivar may not have hoisted the tricolour numerous times in their lives, the same innumerable times the tirangaa (tricolour) has been wrapped around the bodies of Punjab sapoots. Therefore, to claim that PM Modi’s life was in danger in Punjab is an insult to Panjabiyat,” he added.
Just lately, two MLAs, Fatehjang Bajwa (Qadian) and Balwinder Laddi (Sri Hargobindpur), joined the BJP. This occurred after Sidhu’s rallies of their constituencies. Channi finally managed to persuade Laddi to return. Sidhu’s backing of Rajya Sabha MP Shamsher Singh Dullo is seen as an oblique assault on the CM. Sidhu had met Dullo the place Channi’s silence on the alleged scams associated to scholarships for Dalit college students and the hooch tragedy deaths within the state had been mentioned. Dullo, as PPCC chief, had denied Channi a ticket from Chamkaur Sahib in 2007.
Sidhu would discover it powerful to even win his personal constituency of Amritsar East. Plan B is likely to be to contest from his residence city of Patiala. There he would run into his outdated enemy Amarinder. Allow us to additionally bear in mind why Sidhu left the BJP. Sidhu joined the BJP in 2004 and contested the final election from Amritsar that yr. He held the seat until 2014 profitable additionally the following election. He was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 2016 from Punjab earlier than he resigned the identical yr and stop the get together. He was incensed that the BJP gave the seat to Arun Jaitley.
Generally it’s good to return to the start to know issues higher. After a string of poor performances by Sidhu in 1983, Rajan Bala wrote an article on him titled “Sidhu: The Strokeless Wonder”. That title challenged him. He started hitting the spinners for big sixes. Arjuna Ranatunga, who was a panellist on a present I produced, stated Muralitharan would ask for an extended off and lengthy on the second he noticed Sidhu.
He had instilled worry within the opposition. After his improved efficiency in 1987 World Cup, the identical Rajan Bala wrote an article titled “Sidhu: From Strokeless Wonder To A Palm-Grove Hitter”. He was additionally christened as “Sixer Sidhu”.
However later, the identical Sidhu walked out of India’s 1996 tour of England citing variations with captain Mohammad Azharuddin. Following this, he was banished from the workforce for ten Exams by the BCCI finally making a return within the 1996-97 tour of West Indies. That’s Sidhu for you.
Sidhu at present believes the dinosaur is having one final roar on the meteor earlier than getting worn out. Bother is, whereas he firmly considers himself the meteor, he’s unable to determine who’s the actual dinosaur — his outdated get together (BJP), his former CM (Capt Amarinder Singh), the previous energy (the Badals) or perhaps the enemy inside.
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