Navjot Singh Sidhu's prompt "BJP Loyal" jibe as Amarinder Singh floats new party
The war of words between him and Navjot Singh Sidhu resumed in full fury as cricketer turned politician tweeted stating ‘people of Punjab are again waiting to punish you’.
Chandigarh/New Delhi: Responding to the new political party announcement by Captain Amarinder Singh in his press conference, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu took a jibe at the former Punjab CM. The war of words between him and Navjot Singh Sidhu resumed in full fury as cricketer turned politician tweeted stating ‘people of Punjab are again waiting to punish you’.
“You wanted to close doors on me, as i was raising voice of the People, speaking truth to power ! Last time you formed your own party, you lost your ballot, garnering only 856 votes … People of Punjab are again waiting to punish you for compromising on the interests of Punjab !!” Sidhu wrote on Twitter.
In one of his tweets, Sidhu said, “We the 78 MLAs of Congress, could never imagine, what we received an arm-twisted, ED controlled BJP loyal Chief Minister of Punjab…who sold the interests of Punjab to save his skin! You were the negative force stalling Justice & development of Punjab.”
Amarinder had left the Congress in response to Operation Blue Star, the Army operation at the Golden Temple, in 1984. He joined the Akali Dal and even became minister for agriculture, forest, development and panchayats in the state. Amarinder left the Akali Dal and floated his own outfit, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic), in 1992. However, the party was blanked in the 1998 Assembly election, with Amarinder himself winning just 856 votes. He rejoined the Congress in 1998 after Sonia Gandhi became party chief, a report on The Week stated.
Reacting to Sidhu's critical tweets, Singh said that the state Congress chief “knew nothing” and “just talks on tweets”. Amarinder said, “This man knows nothing. He just keeps shooting nonsense from his mouth. I'd been meeting all central ministers to discuss state issues. States can't function unless they work with Centre. But I don't expect @sherryontopp to know anything about good governance.”