Chandigarh, May 21, 2019: Chairman of the Punjab Congress Election Managing Committee Laal Singh today said that Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu should not have aired his views in public on the eve of the elections as these created unnecessarily misunderstandings and may have adversely affected the party’s prospects at a crucial time. “Sidhu’s statements were ill timed and ill advised”, he remarked.
He regretted that Sidhu’s uncalled for outburst at a wrong time has the potential of sabotaging the party’s ‘mission 13’. He said, if the party misses the mark, it will be entirely for the statements made by Sidhu. He said, if Sidhu had any issues with Capt Amarinder, he should have raised these with the party high command, instead of gong public about these.
In a statement issued here today, Laal Singh said, Sidhu was in the Congress for just 27 months and he had been accorded all the privileges, honour and respect. He pointed out, he was instantly offered the party ticket and then made a minster. Besides, he was assigned the task of campaigning for the party across the country. All these things come with a sense of responsibility which Sidhu should have honoured and acknowledged.
“Sidhu must realize and acknowledge that he is in the Congress now and must imbibe its culture of discipline”, he observed, adding, if he had any such issues, he could have raised these at different party forums or he could have taken these up with the party high command.
Laal Singh also said that Navjot Sidhu was wrong in joining his wife in blaming Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for denial of party ticket to her from Chandigarh. He said, the Chandigarh Congress has an entirely different party structure independent of Punjab or any other state and there is no interference form the Punjab Congress.
Besides, he added, Punjab Congress leaders have no say or influence in deciding and finalizing the party candidate from the union territory. Any politically well aware person knows that. Hence there is no question of Capt Amarinder having interfered and denied her the ticket form the union territory.