The real reason why Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned
Sources in Navjot Singh Sidhu camp said that the firebrand leader had opposed the appointment of Deol as state advocate general as the latter had been counsel for former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini.
The real reason for Navjot Singh Sidhu's resignation from the Punjab Congress president's post was the appointment of APS Deol as state advocate general.
Sources in Sidhu camp said that the firebrand leader had opposed the appointment of Deol as state advocate general as the latter had been counsel for former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini.
Former DGP Saini has been facing charges in the 2015 Behbal Kalan firing incident linked to the sacrilege cases. Two anti-sacrilege protesters were shot dead in police firing.
Sources said that Sidhu is adamant that Deol be removed, and has communicated the same to the Congress high command.
Sidhu, who resigned on Tuesday, had been critical of former state Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's handling of the sacrilege cases. Hence, it is only obvious that Deol's appointment as state advocate general would have not gone down.
Sources in the Sidhu camp said that it was as if he was being undermined by the government.
The Congress party, reports said, is yet to accept Sidhu's resignation.
Meanwhile, all eyes are on Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi who will brief the media at 12:30 pm after a meeting of the state cabinet.
Soon after he resigned, a number of MLAs met Sidhu at his residence. Besides, some ministers of the newly-elected Cabinet also resigned from the Cabinet.
The Congress High Command seems to be playing hardball with Sidhu and refused to back him this time.
Senior Punjab Congress leader Sunil Jakhar had said that no amount of grandstanding could justify the breach of trust by Sidhu, placing his benefactors in a peculiar predicament.
"There is a higher ideal than power and position, and that is peace in a border state like Punjab," Congress leader Manish Tewari said, calling the situation in the state as unfortunate.
"This kind of instability is extremely disturbing. The situation has been completely mishandled," he said.
"Unfortunately, what Captain Amarinder Singh had predicted is coming true. Those who are at the helm of affairs in Punjab are not seeing the big picture," he added.