- Navjot Singh Sidhu and CM Captain Amarinder’s altercation
- Five days ago, Captain challenged Sidhu to fight Patiala
- Most of the Captain’s ministers and legislators have maintained silence on the matter.
- Sidhu and Captain Amarinder have long uneasy relationship
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh lashed out at MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu five days ago and challenged him to contest from Patiala. Sidhu had also retaliated against the Captain, but so far only two ministers of the Captain Government and one MLA have been openly seen standing in favor of the Captain against Sidhu.
This is the first time that the ministers and legislators of the Captain Government have not shown any haste to stand in favor of the Chief Minister. Earlier, whenever the opposition attacked the Captain, the party’s ministers and MLAs were seen together. There is a big sense of silence whether the Congress will build its election campaign around Amarinder. Captain Amarinder’s fight with Sidhu, despite having a majority of MLAs in Punjab, seems to be personal.
Sidhu had attacked the captain in the Kotkapura arson case, yet the rest of the party’s leaders were seen to be silent about Sidhu. At the Cabinet meeting on 26 April, the Chief Minister had told his ministers why you are shying away from responding to the opposition’s attacks. Barring two ministers, the rest remained silent.
After the silence of ministers and MLAs, the Captain challenged Sidhu to contest from Patiala. Even then only two ministers – Sadhu Singh Dharmasot and Sundar Sham Arora – questioned Sidhu. Though the Congress has 8 MPs, but Ravneet Bittu supported the Captain while attacking Sidhu. At the same time, Navtej Singh Cheema from Sultanpur Lodhi assembly constituency was the only MLA who had tweeted in favor of Captain, supporting Amarinder but avoided attacking Sidhu directly.
Navjot Sidhu and Amarinder Singh (file photo)