Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has praised Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu – whose repeated criticism of his celebration has made life troublesome for them forward of subsequent 12 months’s election – saying the previous cricketer was “elevating public points… however Congress is hell-bent on suppressing him”.
“What Sidhu stated yesterday on stage … I applaud his bravery. (Chief Minister Charanjit) Channi was saying ‘I’ve completed sand mafia within the state and lowered sand costs to Rs 5 per kg’. Instantly, Sidhu stated, ‘No… that could be a lie. The speed continues to be Rs 20’,” Mr Kejriwal informed reporters.
“Sidhu himself stated no matter guarantees Channi is making are false. Sidhu is elevating the general public’s points however Congress is hell-bent on suppressing him. First Captain sahib (ex-Chief Minister Amarinder Singh) and now Channi sahib is pressuring him… Sidhuji is doing an important job of sticking to his rules.”
Mr Kejriwal additionally took a swipe on the Congress (and BJP) over questions concerning the Aam Aadmi Social gathering’s chief ministerial face, stating that he was solely following his rivals in not saying a reputation.
“Punjab: Congress is not saying if Channi or Sidhu will probably be CM face. UP: Ruling BJP is not saying if Yogi or another person will probably be CM face. Identical goes for Goa and Uttarakhand. We’ll announce it earlier than them,” he informed BoardingFlight in response to a query on this matter.
Punjab: Ruling Cong is not saying if Channi or Sidhu will probably be their CM Face
UP: Ruling BJP is not saying if Yogi or another person will probably be their CM face
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Mr Kejriwal took pot-shots of his personal at Mr Channi, drawing from Sidhu’s playbook in accusing the ruling Congress of getting failed to fulfill its 2017 ballot guarantees in Punjab.
The reward for Sidhu has raised eyebrows given rumours earlier this 12 months (and final 12 months) the previous cricketer could be part of the AAP.
These rumours surfaced on the top of the Amarinder-Sidhu feud, when the Captain referred to as Sidhu an “opportunist” and stated he may be part of the AAP. A livid Sidhu hit again, difficult Mr Singh to show he had met Arvind Kejriwal or any chief of another celebration.
Reviews from final 12 months quoted Mr Kejriwal as saying “he (Sidhu) is welcome”.
Sidhu, who joined the Congress from the BJP forward of the 2017 Punjab election, has been vocal in his assaults on his personal celebration and Chief Minister Channi within the build-up to subsequent 12 months’s election, persevering with assaults he mounted when Amarinder Singh was in cost.
These assaults exacerbated the divide between himself and Mr Singh, and introduced the Congress’ Punjab authorities to the breaking point earlier than an “insulted” Amarinder Singh stop.
Final month Sidhu, who has since additionally clashed with Mr Channi – wrote to Sonia Gandhi – a 13-point agenda on “precedence areas” of governance and guarantees made to the Punjabi folks earlier than the 2017 polls. These included motion within the 2015 sacrilege case and cracking down on the sand mafia.
Sidhu, the largest critic of Mr Singh, had hoped to succeed him to the highest put up however, with eye on the sizable Dalit inhabitants, the Congress opted to put in Mr Channi because the Chief Minister.
Sidhu then bumped into bother with Mr Channi as quickly as he took over, falling out over high appointments and a cupboard reshuffle. Sidhu threatened to stop except he bought his approach, which he did final week after the Chief Minister appointed his decide as Advocate-Common.
In his letter, the outgoing Advocate-Common, APS Deol, slammed Sidhu for “spreading misinformation to achieve a political benefit over colleagues”.