Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh condemned Navjot Singh Sidhu for damaging the Congress with his mistimed comments against him and the party leadership in the state.
In an informal chat with media persons before leaving for Patiala to cast his vote, along with other members of his family, the Chief Minister said, “If he is was a real Congressmen, he should have chosen a better time to air his grievances instead of just ahead of voting in Punjab.”
Former Union Minister and Amarinder Singh’s wife Preneet Kaur is contesting on behalf of the Congress from Patiala Lok Sabha seat.
Captain Amarinder expressed the confidence that the Congress party would sweep not just this seat but all the 13 constituencies in Punjab.
On the recent rebellious remarks of his cabinet colleague, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had a few days back accused the Chief Minister of being responsible for denying ticket to his wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, from Chandigarh, Captain Amarinder said, “He (Navjot Singh Sidhu) was harming the party with such irresponsible actions. It was not his election but that of the entire Congress.”
The Chief Minister said that it was for the high command to decide on any action against Navjot Sidhu, but the Congress, as a party, does not bear indiscipline.
“I personally did not have any differences against Sidhu, whom I had known since the latter was a child,” Captain added.
Responding to a question, Captain Amarinder remarked, “Perhaps he is ambitious and wants to be chief minister.”
Sacrilege was a big issue, especially in the rural areas, as it had hurt the sentiments of every Sikhs, Capt Amarinder Singh said in response to a question on the issues that would be the deciding factor in Punjab in these elections.
Amarinder added that procurement was major issue in the rural area and national issues such as demonetization and GST in urban areas were more important.