Forward of a possible revamp of the Congress unit in Punjab, 10 MLAs on Sunday issued a joint assertion in help of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and urged the get together excessive command to not let him down.
Seven Congress legislators and three AAP MLAs who not too long ago converted to the ruling get together additionally stated Navjot Singh Sidhu was a celeb and was little question an asset to the get together however condemning and criticising his personal get together and authorities in public has solely created a “rift within the cadres and weakened it.”
Singh and Sidhu have been at loggerheads over numerous points. The assertion got here amid stories that Navjot Singh Sidhu is more likely to be appointed because the state Congress chief.
The joint assertion was issued by Congress chief Sukhpal Singh Khaira on behalf of the 10 legislators.
Among the many seven Congress legislators are Kuldeep Singh Vaid, Fatehjang Bajwa and Harminder Singh Gill.
Moreover Khaira, two insurgent AAP legislators who issued the assertion are Jagdev Singh Kamalu and Pirmal Singh Khalsa. Three of them had converted to the Congress within the month of June.
Within the assertion, the legislators urged the get together excessive command to not “let down” Amarinder Singh, saying due to his unrelenting efforts, the get together stands effectively entrenched in Punjab.
They stated there was little question that the appointment of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief was the prerogative of the get together excessive command however on the similar time “washing soiled linen” in public has solely decreased the get together graph over the last couple of months.
They stated that Singh commanded immense respect throughout completely different sections of the society within the state, notably the farmers for whom he even endangered his chair as CM whereas passing the 2004 Termination of Waters Settlement Act.
Singh stood as a tall chief amongst the Sikhs due to his principled stand throughout testing instances, they stated within the assertion.
They stated Singh needed to additionally face “excessive vendetta politics” by the hands of the Badal household, for submitting corruption and disproportionate property instances in opposition to them in his first tenure as chief minister.
The MLAs stated since merely six months had been left for the elections, pulling the get together into the completely different instructions will solely “hurt” its prospects within the 2022 polls.
Additionally they supported the choice of Singh to not meet Sidhu till he publicly tenders an apology for his “derogatory” tweets in opposition to him.
They stated Sidhu ought to tender a public apology, in order that the get together and authorities can operate in tandem.
They stated they hoped the get together excessive command would take cognizance of their solutions and would undoubtedly take into account the standing, contribution and background of Amarinder Singh whereas making important choices for the get together.