The high-profile cricketer-turn-politician and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is in center of several controversies in recent times, causing embarrassment even to his own Congress party. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who is unable to bare his attitude has expressed doubt that “probably” Sidhu wants to replace him as the chief minister of the state.
His remark comes a day after Mr Sidhu said he firmly stands by his wife in a war of words with the Chief Minister over being denied a party ticket in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections. He accused the Sidhus of “harming” the Congress by making controversial statements just ahead of polling in the state.
“He probably wants to become Chief Minister and replace me, that’s his business. But the timing, one day before the election, that was wrong. It’ll have an effect on the party, not on me. Congress party doesn’t believe in indiscipline and it cannot accept things which are damaging the party,” he said.
Sidhu, while campaigning for Congress candidate Amrinder Singh Raja Warring in Bathinda on Friday, had even said he would resign if the government did not take action against those behind the Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege and police-firing incidents in 2015.
The Chief Minister, however, denied any rift in the state cabinet. “If he’s ambitious, that’s okay. Everyone is. I have known him (Navjot Sidhu) since childhood. I have no difference of opinion with him,” he said.
Earlier this week, Navjot Sidhu came out in defence Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who claimed that it was Singh who blocked her attempts to get a party ticket from Punjab’s Amritsar and Chandigarh. Asked whether he agreed with his wife’s remarks attacking the Chief Minister, Sidhu said: “My wife has that much strength and moral authority that she will never lie. This is my answer.”