Amid the brainstorming by the celebration excessive command to finish the disaster within the Punjab Congress, former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday asserted that he was as a lot a conventional Congress man as any of his detractors throughout the celebration. Talking to Rajmeet Singh, he questioned CM Capt Amarinder Singh on his failure to ship justice within the Bargari and Kotkapura police firing circumstances. Excerpts:
There are studies you’re eager on PPCC president’s submit. Your response?
There isn’t any reality in these studies. In 17 years of my political profession, I have by no means sought any place. It is nothing however a bid to divert consideration from the actual points. I joined the Congress in 2016 on the reassurance that my pro-people agenda could be fulfilled. Prashant Kishor met me many occasions on this regard. The corrupt system managed by two energy households within the state shouldn’t be permitting any change, however I is not going to quit.
Your detractors name you an ‘outsider’. What do have to say?
My father and mom have been Congress leaders. They devoted 42 years of their life to the celebration. Who is the CM to slam the door on me? Is he the Congress? I have by no means obtained a response to any of my tweets on points such because the sacrilege circumstances, sand mafia, transport mafia and the massive fish concerned within the drug commerce. I am not a ‘showpiece’ to be used for campaigning and profitable elections. Post authorities formation, the actual points have been placed on the again burner.
What is your agenda?
It is to finish the loot of public cash. I am prepared to turn into a zila parishad member and stand behind the CM if my 13-point agenda on growth is carried out. Let them make sand cheaper by crushing the mining mafia, take away the parity in taxes between the government-run buses and people ‘illegally’ run by the Badals. I started my combat on the very first Cabinet assembly. The two highly effective political households have belittled the legislature by in accordance precedence to the paperwork.
What do you assume is the answer to the Punjab Congress disaster?
The celebration excessive command is aware of greatest what is nice for Punjab. I am nobody to remark. I was twice referred to as by the CM and provided a Cabinet berth. Both occasions, I refused the supply. My sole agenda is Punjab’s growth. For over 4 years, they did nothing on the ballot guarantees, intentionally preserving the matter pending until the final. Why have been the guarantees made to the individuals not fulfilled within the first yr of governance?
What do you’ve got to say on jobs for kin of MLAs?
Jobs needs to be given solely on advantage. The transfer is towards the Constitution. Instead of defending their chair, they need to make sure that the final man within the queue will get justice. My son was provided the submit of Assistant Advocate General and spouse the highest place within the Warehousing Corporation. We rejected each presents.