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Navjot Singh Sidhu shown black flags by protesting farmers in Punjab

 "The protesters wanted to question Sidhu. The Congress leaders were on the other side and wanted to avoid clashes. No lathicharge was done," Avtar Singh, SHO Banga was quoted as saying by ANI.

Navjot Singh Sidhu shown black flags by protesting farmers in Punjab-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Jul 20, 2021, 1:46 PM IST
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Black flags were shown to newly appointed Congress chief of Punjab unit Navjot Singh Sidhu on his arrival at Bhagat Singh Marg in Ludhiana. A farmers organisation was protesting against farm laws and wanted to question Sidhu.

"The protesters wanted to question Sidhu. The Congress leaders were on the other side and wanted to avoid clashes. No lathicharge was done," Avtar Singh, SHO Banga was quoted as saying by ANI.

Sidhu was on Sunday appointed the president of the Punjab Congress. A day later, he visited Gurudwara Shri Dukhniwaran Sahib in Patiala and offered prayers. After weeks of bitter infighting, Sidhu was declared as Punjab Congress chief on Sunday evening.

After offering prayers at the Gurudwara with his supporters and few party members, he later reached his residence in Patiala.

Sidhu’s appointment attests to the niche that the cricketer-turned-politician has carved for himself since he left BJP and joined Congress in 2017 assembly elections and the way he positioned himself as the anti-Amarinder Singh voice in the Punjab Congress apparatus as well as an anti-Badal campaigner. It also indicated a decisive say of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in party affairs.

Many believe that the way he held the AAP threat over the party, with speculation that he could defect if he was ignored, also played a role in his elevation. Election strategist Prashant Kishor’s input to the Gandhis during their recent meeting is also being speculated about. Incidentally, Kishor is an advisor to CM Singh.

The Congress party is pinning its hopes on Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Sidhu together for winning the 2022 assembly elections.

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