Navjot Singh Sidhu

BSF jurisdiction: Sidhu lauds Punjab govt’s decision to approach SC

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: After the Punjab government has approached the Supreme Court against the Centre’s recent notification extending the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) from 15 to 50km, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu congratulated the government and its legal team on Saturday.
Sidhu tweeted, “I congratulate Punjab and it’s legal team to be the 1st to approach the Hon’ble Supreme Court by filing an original suit challenging the notification extending the BSF jurisdiction.” He further tweeted, “The fight to retain the principles embodied in the constitution i.e. to retain the federal structure and autonomy of the states has begun … Notice issued to the centre to respond.”
Punjab and West Bengal governments had crossed swords with the Centre over the extension of BSF jurisdiction from 15 km from the international border to 50 km.
The suit was listed before the Registrar on Friday who issued notice to the Centre. The matter will come up before a top court Bench after four weeks.

Will sit on hunger strike if files relating to sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib not opened: Navjot Singh Sidhu

Moga (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday said that he would sit on a hunger strike if chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi does not open files relating to sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib and the sale of intoxicants.
Addressing a Congress workers’ meeting, Sidhu said that if the state government eliminates the sand mafia and liquor mafia and deposits tax to the government, then the state government can get rid of its debt to a great extent. He further said that the chief minister in the state has been changed so that the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib issue could be resolved and the sand and liquor mafia could be abolished. He announced that if the Punjab government does not take action, he would keep raising his voice.
The state Congress president also took on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and said that he is trying to impress the people of Punjab, but the state wants a resident of the state as the face of the chief minister.

Reopening of Kartarpur corridor made possible with PM Modi, Pakistan PM’s efforts, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

Gurdaspur (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Pradesh Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday expressed his happiness over the reopening of the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor and said that this has been made possible with the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Sidhu made these remarks at a press conference in Punjab’s Gurdaspur after returning from his visit to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur in Pakistan. Sidhu said, “The reopening of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor has been made possible with the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
“I request that if you want to change lives in Punjab, we should open the borders (for cross-border trade). Why should we go through Mundra Port, a total of 2,100 km? Why not from here, where it’s only 21 km (to Pakistan),” he added.
His visit came after a fresh tussle erupted in Punjab Congress following the exclusion of Sidhu’s name from Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi-led delegation comprising state cabinet ministers that visited the Kartarpur Sahib on Thursday.
The Kartarpur Corridor, which links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district, reopened on Wednesday. It was closed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The visa-free 4.7-kilometre long corridor joins the Indian border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. It became operational in 2019.
Earlier, Imran Khan government of Pakistan praised cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu for his role in the opening of the corridor to Sikh pilgrimage site Kartarpur Sahib between the two countries.
The relationship between Imran Khan and Sidhu came to the limelight in 2018 when the latter attended the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan PM.

Navjot Sidhu terms Imran Khan ‘elder brother’, BJP slams him

New Delhi [India]: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday stirred controversy after he ostensibly referred to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is his “elder brother.”
In a video shared by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Malviya, Sidhu is seen being welcomed by a Pakistan official on behalf of Imran Khan. “He (Imran Khan) is my elder brother,” Sidhu is heard as saying.
Amit Malviya attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over Sidhu’s remarks.
“Rahul Gandhi’s favourite Navjot Singh Sidhu calls Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his “bada bhai”. Last time he had hugged Gen Bajwa, Pakistan Army’s Chief, heaped praises. Is it any surprise that the Gandhi siblings chose a Pakistan loving Sidhu over veteran Amarinder Singh?” Malviya said in a tweet.
Congress MP Manish Tewari expressed his strong reservations over Sidhu’s remarks and said Imran Khan is “cat’s paw of Pakistani deep state ISI-Military combine” which carries out cross-border terrorism against India.
“Imran Khan may be anybody’s elder brother but for India he is that cat’s paw of Pak Deep State ISI-Military combine that drones arms and narcotics into Punjab and sends terrorists on a daily basis across LOC in Jammu and Kashmir. Have we forgotten martyrdom of our soldiers in Poonch so soon?” Tewari tweeted.
Punjab Minister Pargat Singh came in support of Sidhu and said that if Prime Minister visits Pakistan, then he called “Desh Premi (Country lover)” but Sidhu is being called “Desh drohi (anti-national).”
“When PM Modi goes (to Pakistan) he is a ‘Desh Premi’, when Sidhu goes, he is ‘Desh Drohi’…Can’t I call you a brother.. We follow Guru Nanak Dev’s philosophy,” the Punjab Minister told ANI.
At a press conference later, Sidhu did not give a direct answer to a question about BJP’s allegations concerning his purported remarks about Imran Khan.
“Let BJP say whatever they want,” he said.
Sidhu went to Darbar Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan through the Kartarpur Corridor which was reopened earlier this week ahead of Parkash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev.
He expressed happiness over its reopening and credited it to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan.
“With the efforts of PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan, this has been made possible,” Sidhu said.
His visit came after a fresh tussle erupted in Punjab Congress following the exclusion of Sidhu’s name from Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi-led delegation comprising state cabinet ministers that visited the Kartarpur Sahib on Thursday.
The Kartarpur Corridor links Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan, the final resting place of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district.
The corridor, which was opened in 2019, was closed in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sidhu had attended oath-taking ceremony of Imran Khan in 2018 and his hugging General Bajwa had created a major controversy.

MSP is bigger issue than farm laws, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said that issues related to Minimum Support Price (MSP) are bigger than the farm laws.
Sidhu said if the central government genuinely wants to fulfil its promise of doubling the farmers’ income then it should fulfil the demand for legislation to guarantee a remunerative MSP. “MSP is bigger issue than farm laws, it is the lifeline of Indian farmers … If the central government genuinely wants to fulfil their promise of doubling the farmers income or accepting the C2 formula of Swaminathan report, then they should accede to this demand,” Sidhu said in a tweet.
Hailing the Centre’s decision to repeal the three farm laws, Sidhu termed it as a “step in the right direction”.
He added that the “sacrifice” of the farmers has “paid dividends”.
“Repealing of black laws a step in the right direction …. Satyagraha of Kisan morcha gets historic success…. Your sacrifice has paid dividends…. Revival of farming in Punjab through a roadmap should be the top priority for the Punjab government ….accolades,” Sidhu said.
In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the Centre will repeal the three farm laws and bring necessary bills in the winter session of parliament beginning later this month. Farmers have been protesting on the borders of Delhi against the three farm laws.

Imran Khan govt hails Navjot Singh Sidhu’s role in opening of Kartarpur corridor

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Imran Khan government has praised cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu for his role in the opening of the corridor to Sikh pilgrimage site Kartarpur Sahib between the two countries.
A reference to the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President’s name was made on the kartarpurcorridor.com website which said that idea of the corridor was shared by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan with Sidhu. The relationship between Imran Khan and Sidhu came to the limelight in 2018 when the latter attended the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan PM.
“The idea was shared with the Indian legend Sikh cricketer Sardar Navjot Singh Sidhu who attended the ‘Swearing In’ ceremony of Prime Minister of Pakistan. On 28 November 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Navjot Singh Sidhu attended the Ground Breaking Ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor,” the kartarpurcorridor.com website page read.
Interestingly, Pakistan is highlighting Sidhu’s role in the Kartarpur corridor issue at a time when the Indian government has decided to reopen the Corridor.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday had said that the Kartarpur corridor will reopen from today.
Shah took to Twitter and said, “In a major decision, that will benefit large numbers of Sikh pilgrims, PM Narendra Modi government has decided to re-open the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor from tomorrow, November 17. This decision reflects the immense reverence of the Modi government towards Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji and our Sikh community.”
The corridor was shut in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The visa-free 4.7-kilometre long corridor joins the Indian border to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan. It became operational in 2019. Notably, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of Punjab recently met PM Modi and requested the reopening of the corridor.

“No differences with CM Channi”

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said that he does not have any differences with Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and will work for his party’s win with a majority in the upcoming state Assembly elections.
Addressing a press conference here today, Sidhu, who had tendered resignation from his Punjab chief post on September 28 this year, announced that he has taken back his resignation. “I have been meeting him (CM) for a long time. I have been speaking to him for the last one month. The first meeting was in Punjab Bhavan, at that time it was decided that the panel (on DGP) will come and in one-week things will be settled. It is a 90 days government, 50 days have gone,” he said.
“There’s nothing personal. I speak to him for the state. I speak to him for all the good that can be done for the state. I have no differences with Charanjit Channi, not at all. Whatever I do is for Punjab. I stand for Punjab. Punjab is my soul. That’s the goal,” he added.
On September 28, Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Unit of Congress. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after the Cabinet expansion in Punjab.
Speaking further, the Congress leader said: “During the last 4.5 years, I have raised many issues such as liquor, buses, etc. The CM had centralised power but didn’t take any action. I don’t have any greed for a post but I only fight for Punjab’s people’s rights. I will make Congress win 80-100 seats in 2022 polls.”
Sidhu was appointed as the president of the Punjab Congress on July 23 this year following months of turmoil in the state Congress unit. He was apparently appointed against the wishes of then Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Amarinder Singh had in September stepped down as the chief minister and recently tendered his resignation from the primary membership of Congress which has also been accepted by party interim chief Sonia Gandhi. The former chief minister has launched a new party ‘Punjab Lok Congress’.
Asked if Congress will rope Prashant Kishore as a political strategist for the 2022 Punjab assembly elections, Sidhu said: “It is the decision of the party, if CM says, they will decide on it.”
Congress is planning to re-rope Prashant Kishore as a political strategist for the 2022 Punjab assembly elections.
The revelation was made by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi during a meeting with party MLAs in the state on Tuesday evening.
In a video of the meeting, Channi could be heard saying that Congress in-charge Harish Chaudhary has told him that “Prashant Kishore is likely to be introduced as a Political Strategist for Punjab Assembly Elections 2022.”
Elections to 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly are scheduled to be held next year. In 2017 Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats while the BJP secured 3 seats.

Sidhu takes back his resignation

Chandigarh [India] : Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday informed that he has taken back his resignation as the president of the party’s Punjab unit.
“I have taken back my resignation (as Punjab Congress chief) and I categorically state that the day new Advocate General will be appointed and a new panel will come, I will take charge of my office. It was not any personal ego,” Sidhu said while addressing a press conference here. On September 28, Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Unit of Congress. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after the Cabinet expansion in Punjab.
He was appointed as the president of the Punjab Congress on July 23 this year following months of turmoil in the state Congress unit.
After the tussle in Punjab Congress between Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh escalated in August, the party had appointed Sidhu as the Congress chief apparently against the wishes of then Chief Minister.
Amarinder Singh had in September stepped down as the chief minister and recently tendered his resignation from the primary membership of Congress which has also been accepted by party interim chief Sonia Gandhi. The former chief minister has launched a new party ‘Punjab Lok Congress’.

Sidhu slams Channi for promising ‘lollipops’

Referring to the recent freebies announced by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday attacked politicians who offer “lollipops” just ahead of polls and said that Punjab’s welfare comes from a roadmap and not by tactics, reflecting that infighting still persists in the state Congress unit.

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : His attack against his own government in Punjab after the chief minister announced 11 per cent hike in dearness allowance for state government employees and slashed power rates by Rs 3 per unit for the domestic sector. “Give people ‘lollipops’ in the last two months. Question is from where they will (government) give it? Is the objective just to form government by telling lies and making false promises? Way of Punjab’s welfare comes from a roadmap,” Sidhu said while addressing an event organised by the newly formed Sanyukt Hindu Mahasabha in Chandigarh on Monday.
Issuing a piece of advice to the politicians and various political parties to not indulge in tactics of luring voters by announcing freebies, he simultaneously urged people to vote on the agenda that aims at the development of the state.
He further went on to slam the state government claiming a debt of Rs 5 lakh crore.
“There has been a debt of Rs 5 lakh crore on Punjab. If people think this debt will be repaid by the government, they are mistaken. The burden will be borne by the people. If treasury is overflowing, why do they not increase the salary of teachers to Rs 50,000 per month?” he asked.
While addressing the gathering, he also projected himself as the chief ministerial candidate for the state, asking the high command to pick a ‘real leader’ from the ‘soil.’
“Decisions will be taken in this court. Don’t think that Guru doesn’t do justice. He assays. By doing that he changed governments…Real workers are like jewels in sand, put them in Punjab’s crown. In the end, I say Main Hoon Na (I am there),” he said.
There has been an ongoing rift in the party’s Punjab unit for the last several months.
Sidhu had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on September 28. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after Cabinet expansion in Punjab. But his resignation was not accepted by the party. Sidhu’s resignation as state party chief has intensified the crisis in the Punjab Congress as a minister and three Congress leaders, considered close to him, stepped down from their posts.
This came as a big blow to the Congress that was hoping to resolve the turmoil in the Congress unit of Punjab ahead of the Assembly elections early next year.
Charanjit Singh Channi took oath as the 16th Chief Minister of Punjab on September 20, days after Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down from the post of Punjab Chief Minister following months of infighting between him and Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Amarinder Singh had resigned as Chief Minister on September 18 and had told the media that the Congress leadership had let him down. He had also taken a dig at Sidhu over his resignation, saying he is not a stable man. Recently, he also announced forming his own political party.
Sidhu was made PCC chief by Congress leadership in July to stem infighting in Punjab Congress ahead of next year’s assembly polls but the party is now grappling with a fresh crisis.

‘Amarinder, loyal CM of BJP’

Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday hit out at former Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh calling him a loyal Chief Minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Chandigarh [India] : “We the 78 MLAs of Congress, could never imagine, what we received an arm-twisted, ED controlled BJP loyal Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh… who sold the interests of Punjab to save his skin! You were the negative force stalling Justice & development of Punjab,” Sidhu said in a tweet. Sidhu also mentioned the defeat Amarinder Singh’s party faced after he broke away from the Akali Dal in 1992 and formed a new political party.
“You wanted to close doors on me, as I was raising voice of the People, speaking truth to power! Last time you formed your own party, you lost your ballot, garnering only 856 votes … People of Punjab are again waiting to punish you for compromising on the interests of Punjab !!, “Sidhu tweeted.
The tweets came at the time when Amarinder Singh was holding a press conference in Chandigarh to announce a new political party and to share the achievements of his government.
Reacting to Sidhu’s tweets, Singh said, “He knows nothing, talks too much and doesn’t have brains.”
The former chief minister at the press conference announced that he is forming a new political party, the name and symbol of which will be shared once cleared by the Election Commission.
Singh resigned last month as the chief minister and had announced that he will be quitting the Congress after months of rift with Congress state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
He had resigned ahead of Congress legislature party meeting which was called amid unending factional battles in the ruling Congress in the state. Singh was replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief minister of the state.

Creating ‘state within state’

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Slamming the Central government over the recent extension of the jurisdiction of Border Security Force (BSF), Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday alleged that the Centre is weakening the country’s federal structure by creating ‘a state within a state’.
Addressing an all-party meeting in Punjab today, Sidhu said, “Centre is creating states within states and they are fulfilling their own interests. This is a political move by the BJP to scuttle elections, to camouflage their weak political position in Punjab. BJP is using BSF to interfere in the autonomy of states ruled by opposition parties.” Sidhu further claimed that this decision, being taken a few months ahead of assembly elections in Punjab, is aimed at creating unrest to hamper the electoral process in the state.
“Why is this happening just two months before elections, why not in the last 4.5 years? This is to scuttle the electoral process which is the centrifugal force of any democracy. You (BJP) want control on flimsy grounds, where you don’t have any political support, but public hate,” he added.
Sidhu further said that the Centre did not give any official explanation for issuing this new order and said that the BSF daily violates the constitutional provision of the country in the name of security in West Bengal, and there is a possibility that the instances of torture, false cases, arbitrary detention and illegal arrests would happen in Punjab too.
“They use institutions as a political tool. West Bengal government, in the last five years, had lodged a total of 240 cases accusing the BSF of extra-judicial torture, 60 cases of extrajudicial execution and eight cases of forced disappearance. Of these, in 33 cases, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has recommended compensation to the victims or to their next of kin,” he stated.
The Congress leader further warned the Centre and said that if it does not roll back its fresh notification, then the party will hold an agitation. “We will hold an agitation along with all the parties. The whole world will see. This fight cannot be fought alone, we all will fight together,” he added.
Meanwhile, an all-party meeting was convened by Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday to discuss the Centre’s recent enhanced jurisdiction of the BSF.
Earlier on October 13, the Ministry of Home Affairs empowered the BSF to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures upto an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from the International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders.
As per the fresh order, the BSF, which was only empowered to take action up to 15 kilometres in the states of Punjab, West Bengal and Assam, has now been authorised to have jurisdiction up to 50 km without any hurdle or further permission either from central or state governments.

Navjot Singh Sidhu is a fraud, cheat, clueless about interests of Punjab, farmers: Captain Amarinder Singh

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : Calling Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu a “fraud and cheat”, former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said Sidhu is clueless about the state’s and its farmers’ interests.
“What a fraud and cheat you are Navjot Singh Sidhu! You are trying to pass off my 15-year-old crop diversification initiative as connected with farm laws, against which I am still fighting and with which I have linked my own political future! It is obvious Navjot Singh Sidhu you are clueless about Punjab’s and its farmers’ interests. You clearly do not know the difference between diversification and what the farm laws are all about. And yet you dream of leading Punjab. How dreadful if that ever happens!” “And it’s hilarious Navjot Singh Sidhu that you have chosen to post this video at a time when Congress government in Punjab is going all out to promote its upcoming Progressive Punjab Investors’ Summit. Or are you opposed to that too?” he said.
Captain’s remarks came after Sidhu’s tweet where he called former Punjab Chief Minister as the architect of Centre’s three farm laws.
“The Architect of 3 Black Laws…Who destroyed Punjab’s farmers, small traders and labour for benefiting 1-2 Big Corporates !!” tweeted Sidhu.
Notably, Amarinder Singh had on Tuesday said he will launch a new political party soon to fight the forthcoming assembly polls in the state and is hopeful of a tie-up with BJP if the ongoing protest by farmer unions against three farm laws is resolved “in farmers’ interest”.
Punjab is slated to go to the polls early next year and Amarinder Singh resigning months before has added a new dimension to the poll arithmetic in the state. Charanjeet Singh Channi took oath as Chief Minister days after Amarinder Singh stepped down.
Amarinder Singh had also taken a dig at Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu after he tendered his resignation.
The former chief minister said he had stated earlier that Sidhu is “not a stable man” and not fit for the border state of Punjab.

Sidhu meets Rahul Gandhi, withdraws resignation as Punjab Congress chief

Rawat also claimed that Sidhu will consider the party high command’s decision to be final.

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday reached the national capital at the residence of senior leader Rahul Gandhi to meet him, after which AICC General Secretary Harish Rawat announced that Sidhu has withdrawn his resignation as Chief of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. The move comes one day after Rawat’s statement that a big decision is upcoming in the Punjab Congress politics.

Earlier today, Rawat had claimed that Sidhu will consider the party high command’s decision to be final. “Sidhu has said that his leaders are Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and he will follow whatever they say and will continue working for the party”, Rawat had told the media.

On Thursday, Rawat had met Sidhu along with General Secretary KC Venugopal at the AICC headquarters in Delhi. He then said that the high command will take a decision pertaining to the party’s organisational matters in the state today. 

Meeting Sidhu in Delhi, who earlier resigned as Punjab Congress Committee Chief earlier amid power tussle with Captain Amarinder Singh and Charanjit Singh Channi being appointed as new CM, other issues, senior party leader Harish Rawat said, “he (Sidhu remains) chief of Punjab Congress.” Sidhu’s resignation has not been accepted by the party so far.

However, speaking to India TV, Harish Rawat denied that he said Sidhu remains to be PPCC chief. Rawat explained what he meant was that Sidhu should do his work with full strength as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee and strengthen the organizational structure.

“The entire picture will be clear by tomorrow… Sidhu has said that whatever decision high command will take would be acceptable to him… his message is loud and clear,” Harish Rawat told reporters.

everything has been sorted out : Sidhu

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu after meeting party leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that “everything has been sorted out.”
“I shared all my concerns with Rahul Gandhi. Everything has been sorted out,” said Sidhu while speaking to reporters after meeting Rahul Gandhi. The meeting was also attended by AICC in-charge of Punjab Harish Rawat.
“He (Sidhu) shared his concerns with Rahul Gandhi. We have told him that his concerns will be taken care of here. He assured Rahul Gandhi that he has withdrawn his resignation and he will resume his duties as the PCC president,” Rawat told reporters here.
The meeting of the two leaders came at a time when Sidhu’s rebellious attitude towards the recently appointed Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is quite visible.
Sidhu who is in the national capital had also met Congress in-charge of Punjab Harish Rawat and party general secretary KC Venugopal on Thursday.
Sidhu had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on September 28. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after Cabinet expansion in Punjab. But his resignation was not accepted by the party.
According to sources in the party, the high command was not happy with the resignation of Sidhu and no such meeting with central leadership happened after his resignation.
Sidhu, after his resignation, had said he will always stand by party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.

If Sidhu observes permanent silence, then Congress will get lot of peace: Anil Vij

Chandigarh (Haryana) [India] : Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Saturday slammed Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and said that if he observes a vow of silence, then Congress and the country will get a lot of peace.
“Navjot Singh Sidhu has observed a vow of silence. If he obverses a vow of silence permanently, then the Congress will also get a lot of peace and the country will also get a lot of peace,” Vij told ANI. His statements came after Sidhu vowed to observe a hunger strike demanding arrest of the accused in Lakhimpur Kheri violence. However, Sidhu on Saturday ended his hunger strike after Ashish Mishra, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra, appeared before the Uttar Pradesh police after he was summoned in connection with the case.
Hitting out at Congress, the Haryana minister said that Congress is a ship that is about to sink.
“There is infighting in Congress. When a ship starts sinking, it starts to falter. In the same way, they are faltering again and again. This is indicating that the ship of Congress is about to sink,” said Vij.
Speaking about the Lakhimpur Kheri incident in which eight people including four farmers died on October 3, the Haryana minister said that the Uttar Pradesh government is taking “fair action.”
“The UP government is taking absolutely fair action,” he said.
Appreciating the farmers of Haryana, he said that the farmers in the state are very intelligent.
“They know very well that burning of stubble damages the environment and also reduces the fertility of the land. Therefore, the farmers of Haryana are always cautious in this matter and the farmers are also informed about this from time to time by the government,” he said.

Sidhu threatens ‘hunger strike’

Former Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday demanded the arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni’s son and threatens to go on hunger strike from tomorrow.

New Delhi [India], October 7 : The Congress leader while leading a march to Lakhimpur in Uttar Pradesh said, “If arrests are not made or he (MoS Teni’s son) doesn’t join the investigation by tomorrow, then I will sit on hunger strike.” As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel have announced ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh separately to the kin of four farmers who died in the Lakhimpur incident.


Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, alleged that Ashish Mishra Teni, son of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni arrived with three vehicles around the time that farmers were dispersing from their protest at the helipad and mowed down farmers and towards the end also attacked SKM leader Tajinder Singh Virk directly, by trying to run a vehicle over him.
However, Ashish Mishra refuted SKM’s allegations and said he was not present at the spot where the incident took place.
MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants mingled with protesting farmers and pelted the stones at the car which lead to the ‘unfortunate incident’.

Lakhimpur Kheri incident probe commission is an eyewash, otherwise why would SC take cognisance? asks CPI

The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Thursday said the single-member commission of enquiry set up by the Uttar Pradesh government for the Lakhimpur Kheri incident which claimed eight lives was an ‘eyewash’, otherwise why would the Supreme Court have to take cognisance of it.
While speaking to ANI, CPI’s General Secretary D Raja said, “The state government committee is an eyewash to hoodwink the people. Why would the Supreme Court have to take cognisance then? Let us wait and see what the SC orders.” A single-member Commission of Enquiry, headed by retired High Court Judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, with headquarters at Lakhimpur Kheri, was constituted today to investigate the death of 8 persons in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3.
While speaking on the Supreme Court’s decision, Raja said that he welcomes the observation of the apex court and its decision to probe the matter.
“It depicts the gravity of the situation. It also gives a message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,” he added.
Further, he asked how the Prime Minister could remain silent on the issue.
“Neither has he uttered a word nor has he dismissed the minister. The CM also seems to have lost all moral responsibility. The SC’s decision sends the main message,” he added.
Condemning the incident, Raja said, “What happened in Lakhimpur is horrific. Sharad Pawar compared the incident with Jallianwala Bagh. It is worse than Jallianwala Bagh because that is what happened during the British rule and this has happened in an independent nation, a democratic country. Where is the rule of law?”
The CPI and the Samyukt Kisan Morcha will stage protests across the country till October 11 against the Lakhimpur violence.
The protests by the CPI began on October 4, just after the violent incident in Lakhimpur Kheri was reported.
Several videos related to the incident have surfaced. Another fresh video of 44 seconds is being shared by many on social media. The video shows a group of farmers holding black flags, and staging a protest when two cars rammed over them.
Opposition parties have questioned the probe and have demanded immediate arrest of Ashish Misra, the son of Union Minister of State (MoS) Ajay Mishra, and have also demanded the resignation of the MoS.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of several farmer unions, issued a statement on Sunday regarding the incident claiming the death of four farmers and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot dead by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni’s son–Ashish Mishra, while the others have been allegedly run over by the vehicles of his convoy.
Ashish Mishra refuted SKM’s allegations and said he was not present at the spot where the incident took place.
MoS Teni also said that his son was not present at the spot, adding that some miscreants mingled with protesting farmers and pelted stones at the car which lead to the ‘unfortunate incident’.
As many as eight people were killed on Sunday in Lakhimpur Kheri following violence that broke out after a car rammed over protesting farmers.

Sidhu released from PS

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu was released from Sarangpur Police Station on Monday hours after he was detained by the police while protesting outside Punjab Raj Bhavan for demanding the arrest of Union Minister of State’s son Ashish Mishra over Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
“Is demanding the arrest of those who killed farmers a crime?,” says Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu who was earlier detained for leading a protest in Chandigarh against the death of 8 persons, including 4 farmers in UP’s Lakhimpur Kheri violence. Punjab Deputy CM Sukhjinder Randhawa & Congress leader Kuljit Nagra along with other party leaders have been detained by UP police in Saharanpur, while they were on their way to Lakhimpur Kheri to meet families of farmers who lost their lives in violence.
Sidhu, staged a massive protest before Raj Bhawan today while strongly condemning the killing of innocent farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri “at the hands of BJP goons and ministers”.
“People who ran vehicles on peaceful protesting farmers (in Lakhimpur) should be arrested. A case of sedition should be registered against Haryana CM ML Khattar for his statement,” said Sidhu during a protest in Chandigarh.
Sidhu slammed the BJP for the atrocities committed by the Uttar Pradesh police against the Congress national leader Priyanka Gandhi who reached to support the farmers.
The Congress has demanded immediate release of party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra who has been allegedly detained by Uttar Pradesh Police in the Hargaon area on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri.
Chandigarh police with its heavy task force arrested Sidhu along with his associates.
On Sidhu’s call Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee today staged protests at block and district level across Punjab.
While protesting, Sidhu demanded strict action against the alleged ‘killers of farmers’ and the removal of the Union Minister of State of Ministry of Home Affairs Ajay Mishra behind the attack. He also demanded that a case of sedition should be registered against Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar for making incendiary and provocative speeches against farmers.
Navjot Singh Sidhu today held a protest outside the Governor’s House. He was accompanied by more than a dozen INC MLAs, Punjab Youth Congress President and other Congress workers.
Sidhu staged the protest in front of the main gate and raised slogans against the Central government. The Chandigarh police reached the spot with its large task force and then called in water cannons. After nearly an hour, the Punjab Congress President was arrested along with his associates, The statement of Punjab Congress stated.
Sidhu said that farmers were being forced to sacrifice their lives due to the adamant attitude of the Central government. “If the government is serious about the welfare of farmers, it should immediately repeal the three agriculture laws and give legal recognition to the desired minimum support price (MSP) on crops,” he said.
Sidhu, who has been supporting the farmers’ movement, said that the BJP is spoiling the atmosphere of the country by oppressing the food-givers of the country.
As many as eight people were killed on Sunday in Lakhimpur Kheri following violence that broke out after a car hit protesting farmers.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, issued a statement on Sunday regarding the incident claiming the death of four farmers and alleged that one of the four farmers was shot dead by Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni’s son–Ashish Mishra, while the others have been allegedly run over by the vehicles of his convoy.
However, both the Union Minister and his son have refuted SKM’s allegations

“Will stand by Rahul, Priyanka”

New Delhi [India]: Amidst political jostling in ruling Congress in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), stressed that he does not aspire to be at a throne and will stand by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
While extending his greetings on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Sidhu tweeted, “Will uphold principles of Gandhi Ji and Shastri Ji … Post or No Post, will stand by @RahulGandhi and @priyankagandhi! Let all negative forces try to defeat me, but with every ounce of positive energy will make Punjab win, Punjabiyat (Universal Brotherhood) win and every Punjabi win !!” On September 28, Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Unit of Congress. However, party sources say that his resignation has not been accepted yet.
“The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress,” Sidhu said in his letter after resigning.
Sidhu was appointed as the President of PPCC on July 23 following months of turmoil in the state Congress unit.
This came as a big blow to the Congress high command that was hoping to resolve the turmoil in the Congress unit of Punjab ahead of the Assembly elections early next year.
After the tussle in Punjab Congress between Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh escalated in August, the party had appointed Sidhu as the Congress chief apparently against the wishes of then Chief Minister.

“Comedy of errors”: Captain on Congress crisis

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday slammed the Congress over the preposterous lies being floated by various party leaders in a clear bid to cover up their mishandling of the crisis in the state.
Pointing to the conflicting numbers shared by Harish Rawat and Randeep Surjewala on the purported letter received by the party’s central leadership expressing lack of confidence against him, Captain Amarinder termed it a “comedy of errors”. His remarks came after Surjewala claimed that 78 of the 79 Punjab Congress MLAs had written to the party leadership seeking Captain Amarinder’s ouster. Interestingly, just a day earlier, Harish Rawat had, in a press statement, said that 43 MLAs had written to the high command on the issue.
“It seems the entire party has become imbued with Navjot Singh Sidhu’s sense of comic theatrics,” he quipped, retorting, “Next they will claim that 117 MLAs wrote to them against me!”
“This is the state of affairs in the party. They cannot even coordinate their lies properly,” remarked Captain Amarinder, adding that the Congress was in a total state of disarray, and the crisis seemed to be escalating by the day, with a large majority of its senior leaders completely disenchanted with the party functioning. The fact of the matter, said the ex-CM, was that the 43-odd MLAs who had signed the said letter had been forced to do so under duress.
Having been pushed into a corner over its mishandling of the Punjab crisis, the Congress was now in a total state of panic, which was evident in the statements of its leaders, said Captain Amarinder. The former Chief Minister said the panic-stricken party, grappling with internal chaos, was trying hard to shift the blame of its own failures. “It’s sad to see the way they are resorting to blatant lies to justify their wrongdoings,” he added.
He pointed out that since 2017, Congress had swept every election in Punjab with him at the helm of the government, which was in total contrast to the claims being made by the party leadership. In the last Assembly elections, the party won an unprecedented 77 seats. In the by-elections in 2019, Congress won three of the four seats, even winning from Sukhbir Badal’s stronghold of Jalalabad.
Even in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the party swept eight of the 13 seats despite the massive BJP wave in the country, said Captain Amarinder. And as recently as February this year, in the seven municipal corporation elections, Congress won 281 of the 350 seats (80.28 per cent), he said, pointing out that in the Municipal Council elections of the 109 MCs, the party won 97 (it won in 1486 of the 2165 wards – 68 per cent).
Clearly, the people of Punjab had not lost trust in him, as claimed by Surjewala, said the former Chief Minister, adding that the whole affair had been orchestrated by a few leaders and MLAs at the behest of Navjot Singh Sidhu, who, for some inexplicable reason, was being allowed to dictate the terms for the Congress in Punjab.
This was evident from the lies Harish Rawat had mouthed yesterday, even on a sensitive and emotive issue like Bargari and the subsequent police firing cases, said Captain Amarinder, warning that the party will have to pay a heavy electoral price in the state for these falsehoods. “Had I been hand in glove with the Badals, as they are alleging, I would not have spent the last 13 years fighting them in courts,” he said, lamenting that not a single party leader had stood by him in his legal battles.
Trashing accusations of not taking any action in these cases, the former Chief Minister said that after assuming charge in March 2017, his government was successful in cracking all the three major cases of sacrilege of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, which took place between June-October 2015. “In fact, the three main accused (Mohinder Pal, Sukhjinder Singh and Shakti Singh) wanted for the sacrilege incidents were arrested on July 5, within 16 months of the Congress government taking over,” he disclosed.
Further, in the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan firing cases, senior-most police officers, including IGP Pramraj Umranagal and SSP Charanjit Sharma, were arrested within two years of the Congress taking over the state’s reins.
About 12 people, including DGP Sumedh Singh Sani and former MLA Mantar Singh Brar, were nominated and charge-sheeted in the case. In both these cases, seven charge sheets were filed but some of these were stuck down by the high court, he said, adding that the entire bogey of no action in these cases was created by Sidhu and his aides whose only interest was to grab power, by hook or by crook.

“Everything is fine in Congress”

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Amid the ongoing crisis in Punjab Congress, state cabinet minister Pargat Singh said everything is fine in the party.
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday called on Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief. Held at Punjab Bhawan, the meeting was attended by the state cabinet minister Pargat Singh and leaders like Pawan Goyal, Kuljit Nagra and Harish Chaudhary. The meeting lasted for around 3 hours. “Everything is fine,” Pargat Singh told media after the meeting. However, all the other leaders refused to comment after the meeting.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Congress is likely to form a coordination committee for the better functioning of the state government, said sources.
According to sources, the Coordination Committee will comprise Chief Minister Charanjeet Singh Channi, AICC Incharge of Punjab Harish Rawat, senior Congress leader Ambika Soni, state party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and a few senior leaders of party’s state unit.
The Punjab Congress has already sent the proposal to the party’s top leadership. An announcement regarding this will be made soon after the nod from the Congress high command.
Sidhu had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on September 28. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after Cabinet expansion in Punjab.
Party sources say that his resignation has not been accepted by the party yet.
Sidhu’s resignation as state party chief has intensified the crisis in the Punjab Congress. A minister and three Congress leaders, considered close to him, stepped down from their posts.
This comes as a big blow to the Congress that was hoping to resolve the turmoil in the Congress unit of Punjab ahead of the Assembly elections early next year.
Charanjeet Singh Channi took oath as the 16th Chief Minister of Punjab on September 20, days after Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down from the post of Punjab Chief Minister following months of infighting between him and Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Amarinder Singh had resigned as Chief Minister on September 18 and had told the media that the Congress leadership had let him down. He had also taken a dig at Sidhu over his resignation, saying he is not a stable man.
Sidhu was made PCC chief by Congress leadership in July to stem infighting in Punjab Congress ahead of next year’s assembly polls but the party is now grappling with a fresh crisis.

Sidhu in Punjab to meet CM

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Amidst the ongoing turmoil in the Punjab Congress unit, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, arrived at Punjab Bhavan to meet Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.
Earlier, Sidhu tweeted, “Chief Minister has invited me for talks … will reciprocate by reaching Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh at 3:00 PM today.” Sidhu had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on September 28. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after Cabinet expansion in Punjab.
Party sources say that his resignation has not been accepted by the party yet.
Sidhu’s resignation as state party chief has intensified the crisis in the Punjab Congress. A minister and three Congress leaders, considered close to him, stepped down from their posts.
This comes as a big blow to the Congress that was hoping to resolve the turmoil in the Congress unit of Punjab ahead of the Assembly elections early next year.
After the tussle in Punjab Congress between Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh escalated in August, the party had appointing Sidhu as the Congress chief apparently against the wishes of the Chief Minister.
Captain Amarinder Singh tendered his resignation from the post of Punjab Chief Minister to Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on September 18 hours before a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party in Punjab which was called without informing him in the backdrop of infighting within the ruling party in the state.

Can’t compromise with my ethics : Sidhu

Sidhu was appointed the party’s state unit president on July 18 amid a bitter power tussle with Amarinder Singh, who stepped down as the CM 10 days back while accusing the party high command of humiliating him.

Ludhiana, Punjab, India, September 29 : Navjot Singh Sidhu, who on Tuesday resigned as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, has released a video message. The video was uploaded on Sidhu’s Twitter handle on Wednesday, in which he could be heard saying, I can’t compromise with my ethics, moral authority.”

“No personal rivalry with anyone. 17 years of my political career has been for a purpose, to make difference, to take a stand and to make people’s lives better. This is my only religion,” Sidhu said in the audio message.

“I can’t compromise with my ethics, moral authority. What I witness is a compromise with issues, agenda in Punjab. I can’t disguise high command nor can I let them be disguised,” Sidhu said. 

“I fought for issues concerning Punjab for a long time. There was a system of tainted leaders, officers, now you cannot repeat the same system again. I will stand by my principles,” Sidhu, who resigned as Punjab Congress chief, was heard saying in the video message. 

Sidhu, 57, who announced his resignation shortly after the allocation of portfolios to the new ministers, said he remains with the party.

He was appointed the party’s state unit president on July 18 amid a bitter power tussle with Amarinder Singh, who stepped down as the CM 10 days back while accusing the party high command of humiliating him.

Sidhu didn’t elaborate on why he has quit.

But speculation in party circles ranges from his displeasure over the allocation of the home portfolio to Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa to the appointments of the acting police chief and the state advocate general by the new CM.

Razia Sultana resigns

Chandigarh [India] : Punjab Cabinet Minister Razia Sultana resigned from her ministerial post on Tuesday in “solidarity” with party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as party’s state unit chief.
In a letter to Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, Sultana said she will continue to work for Congress as a worker. “I, Razia Sultana, hereby resign as Cabinet Minister, Punjab in solidarity with Navjot Singh Sidhu, PPCC President and millions of Congress workers across the state. I will continue to work for the party as a worker in the best interest of Punjab. My heartfelt thanks to Sonia Gandhi ji, Congress President and Rahul Gandhi ji for their countless blessings on me and my family in hours of need,” she stated.
Congress MLAs Razia Sultana, Vijay Inder Singla, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Randeep Singh Nabha took oath as ministers in Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi-led new State Cabinet on Sunday.
Sultana represents the Malerkotla constituency in the Punjab Legislative Assembly.
Meanwhile, Gulzar Inder Chahal also resigned as Treasurer of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) following the resignation of the party’s state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.
While Sidhu in his letter stated, “The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress,” Sidhu said in his letter after resigning.
Sidhu was appointed as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) on July 23.
Sidhu’s resignation comes just before former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s visit to the national capital, who was visiting Delhi after he resigned on September 18.
The tussle in Punjab Congress escalated in August, the party’s central leadership has sought to bury the hatchet by appointing Navjot Singh Sidhu as the Congress chief apparently against the desire of the Chief Minister.

Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab Congress chief

The Congress had appointed Sidhu as Punjab state unit chief in July following a bitter duel with Captain Amarinder Singh which eventually saw the later stepping down from his post.

New Delhi, India, September 28 : Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday resigned as Punjab Congress Chief. The cricketer-turned-politician announced his resignation via Twitter. In his letter to Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi, Sidhu said, “The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never compromise on Punjab’s future and the agenda for the welfare of Punjab. Therefore, I hereby resign as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. Will continue to serve the Congress.”

The Congress had appointed Sidhu as Punjab state unit chief in July following a bitter duel with Captain Amarinder Singh which eventually saw the later stepping down from his post.

According to sources, the Punjab party chief was unhappy with the allocation of Cabinet berths to a few ministers who are said to close to former CM Amarinder Singh. 

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi carried out his first cabinet expansion on Sunday, inducting 15 Cabinet Ministers which included seven new entrants. The new faces in the Channi Ministry are Randeep Singh Nabha, Raj Kumar Verka, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Pargat Singh, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and Gurkirat Singh Kotli.

Brahm Mohindra, Manpreet Singh Badal, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Aruna Chaudhary, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Razia Sultana, Vijay Inder Singla and Bharat Bhushan Ashu, who were ministers in the previous Amarinder Singh led cabinet, were retained as Cabinet Ministers.

“India continues to be pluralistic”

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday said that India continues to be a pluralistic country that has the unique distinction of being home to almost every faith in the world.
Addressing a special session to commemorate the 400th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur at the Punjab Legislative Assembly today, the Chief Minister said, “India has unique cultural tradition. When we call Indianness, this is the idea of India. Our ancient texts have expressed the idea of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’-the world is one family’. In Sikhism, we have a concept of ‘Sarbat da bhala’ meaning welfare of entire humanity.” “It was to uphold the right of people of this land to peacefully follow the faith of their choice, that Guru Sahab (Guru Teg Bahadur) gave his ‘shahadat’. By doing so he set a unique example in the history of sacrificing his life,” he said.
Singh further said, “India continues to be a pluralistic country that has the unique distinction of being home to almost every faith in the world. This is what gives India its richness and cultural diversity.”
Speaking at the event, the Chief Minister also spoke about ‘religious intolerance’ being observed by him in various countries across the world.
He said, “Afghanistan has an emerging power which doesn’t accept religious intolerance in any form. Go to Africa and the Middle East nations, the message of love, understanding, and tolerance doesn’t exist, Here, we commemorate the 400th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur. I extend my greetings on this auspicious occasion.”
A special session of the Punjab Legislative Assembly was held for the commemoration of the historic 400th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur on Friday.
The decision to hold a special session of the assembly for a day was approved at the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on August 26.
Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth Guru (April 1, 1621-November 11, 1675) of the Sikh religion.

‘All is not well’ in Punjab Congress

Chandigarh [India]: Amid the ongoing rift in the Punjab Congress, AICC state in-charge Harish Rawat on Thursday revealed that all is not well in the party but claimed that state Congress is heading towards the ‘all is well’ situation.
“I won’t say all is well, but we are heading towards it. I do not want to hide from you. We are trying to solve the issue,” Rawat told media persons here. This comes after Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Pargat Singh on Sunday questioned AICC state in-charge Harish Rawat over the decision that Congress will contest the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections under the leadership of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Singh, who is believed to be close to Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, said, “When all the MLAs had met the three-member Kharge Committee constituted by the party high command in Delhi three months ago, it was decided that the Punjab Assembly elections to be held in 2022 would be fought under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Now, if Harish Rawat is saying that the 2022 Punjab elections will be fought under the leadership of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, then he should also tell when this decision was taken.”
Rawat, who earlier on Wednesday met Amarinder Singh, said, “Those angry ministers who did not come to meet me, I thank them. The government did some things very well which we could not appreciate. It is due to the Amarinder Singh government that the Bargari case is out of the clutches of the CBI.”
A section of Punjab Congress leaders have raised a banner of revolt against Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and said that a change should be made in the state if needed.
Rawat also rejected the speculation of the reshuffle in the Punjab cabinet.
“There was no talk on the reshuffle topic with Amarinder Singh otherwise we would have shared with you all,” he added.
Rawat had also met Sidhu on Tuesday amid the ongoing turf war in the party’s state unit.
The top leadership of the Congress party has made it clear that Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will be leading the party in the upcoming state Assembly polls.
Navjot Singh Sidhu was appointed Punjab Congress chief last month amid efforts by the party’s central leadership to end factionalism in the state unit. The assembly elections in Punjab are due early next year.

Congress leadership miffed with Navjot Sidhu

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sindhu on Thursday returned to his home state after he was denied an appointment by the party leadership for a meeting.

New Delhi, india, Semptember 2 : Amid an intense power struggle in Punjab Congress, state unit party chief Navjot Singh Sindhu on Thursday returned to his home state after he was denied an appointment by the party leadership for a meeting. Sindhu, who was in Delhi, had sought time to meet Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Earlier on Wednesday, party’s state in charge Hairsh Rawat began confabulations with the state leaders including Sidhu. The meeting took place in Chandigarh. Notably, Sidhu is continuously targeting Chief Minister Amarinder Singh over various issues.

Sidhu had recently questioned the inaction of his own government and the previous Akali dispensation against those involved in drug smuggling in the state. In a statement, he also said that people of the state were eagerly waiting for the Special Task Force’s report on drugs.

Sidhu said that despite the high court’s directions, both these governments had done nothing to extradite 13 drug smugglers back to India who peddled drugs in Punjab and smuggled drugs to some other countries. He said the people especially those who have lost their innocent children to the drug menace have high hopes that stern action would be taken. The state Congress chief said that even a common man can sense why these drug smugglers have not been extradited for the last five years.

Sidhu summons his advisors over controversy

After their remarks sparked a controversy, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief (PPCC) Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday summoned his advisors Malwinder Singh Mali and Dr Pyare Lal Garg to his residence here to discuss the matter.

Patiala (Punjab) [India], August 23 : The two were summoned by the PPCC chief in wake of their remarks supporting Pakistan and controversial statement regarding Kashmir. Garg had questioned Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh’s criticism of Pakistan while Mali gave a controversial remark on Kashmir. Mali also posted an objectionable poster of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on social media.
The two advisors were slammed by many Congress leaders including Punjab CM Amrinder Singh who stated that their comments were “totally misplaced and antagonistic” to the stated position of India and the Congress on Pakistan and Kashmir.
Earlier in the day, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Daljit Singh Cheema also took a dig at Sidhu by stating that the PPCC chief was himself friendly to Pakistan Prime Minister and Army Chief, so his advisors were just following suit.

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