In what’s being seen as one more spherical of confrontation between Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and PCC Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, the latter on Thursday mentioned that he’ll go on a starvation strike towards the Congress authorities if the state doesn’t make public the studies on medication menace and the sacrilege incident.
#WATCH | Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu says he’ll go on a starvation strike towards the state govt if it does not make public the studies on medication menace & the sacrilege incident pic.twitter.com/xfb0cb2xuG— ANI (@ANI) November 25, 2021
The event comes simply two days after the 2 held deliberations with Congress leaders in Delhi to evolve a method for the upcoming state meeting polls. Each Channi and Sidhu had reached the nationwide capital on Monday afternoon together with AICC in-charge for Punjab affairs Harish Chaudhary and later met on the get together’s ”war-room” workplace.
This isn’t the primary time Sidhu has launched a direct assault on the brand new chief minister. The previous cricketer has been at loggerheads the Channi authorities over the appointment of APS Deol because the Advocate Normal and the 2 have clashed publicly over the authorized battle within the 2015 sacrilege instances.
Channi had, in early November, turned down the resignation supplied by Advocate Normal APS Deol. Sources had advised News18 then that Deol was upset by statements by senior Congress leaders, together with Sidhu, over his continuation because the Advocate Normal had certainly tendered his resignation, which was rejected by the chief minister. Although the federal government and the chief minister have been tight-lipped over the resignation controversy, sources mentioned Channi was upset at PCC Chief persevering with to publicly assault him.
Later, state minister and Sidhu aide, Pargat Singh, was requested to name the sulking chief and get him to attend a gathering with the CM and state in-charge Harish Choudhary. On the assembly, Sidhu made it clear that he wouldn’t budge till the advocate normal was eliminated. And at a press convention, Sidhu made the purpose that whereas he was taking again his resignation, he would enter the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) workplace solely when the AG‘s resignation was accepted by the chief minister.
Sources said that the CM made one more attempt to convince the top leadership as well as Sidhu that an amicable middle ground can be reached.
Sidhu, however, refused to accept it. He knew very well that this was a high moral ground he was taking, so tactically he decided to go to the Dera Baba Nanak check-post and urge for the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor with Pakistan. Hours later, a similar request was made by Channi.
A day prior to this, Sidhu had, in what was seen as an indirect dig at Channi, flayed ‘politicians’ who introduced freebies forward of the polls. Channi has been of late saying a number of sops placing pressure on the state exchequer.
In the identical week, he additionally attacked the Channi authorities over delays in submitting plea towards blanket bail to former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini within the Behbal Kalan firing case. Sidhu mentioned that the Channi authorities lacked political will in coping with such instances, accusing the ruling dispensation of delaying the submitting of particular go away petition towards the blanket bail granted to former DGP Saini, one of many key individuals named within the Behbal Kalan police firing instances.
He additional mentioned that it has been sooner or later over and above the six-month interval for the brand new SIT to finish probe within the Kotkapura police firing case and but no concrete steps for justice had been taken. He once more focused the DGP and the AG, asserting that the get together can both select the compromised officers or him.
“I have stood on principles and high moral ground, and am not among those who changed their stand after dethroning Capt Amarinder Singh,” mentioned Sidhu in a veiled assault on Channi, including that the folks of the state have been awaiting justice within the sacrilege case and the state authorities was perceived to be missing within the “will” to ship justice.
Each the leaders are more likely to flex their muscular tissues once more as soon as the meeting election dates for subsequent yr are introduced. The subsequent large problem for the Congress get together would be the ticket distribution in Punjab as each Channi in addition to Sidhu would wish to make sure that most of their supporters get picked as candidates. As a result of the one with the backing of the utmost variety of MLAs will most certainly put on the crown of Punjab.