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”People who dug holes for me got buried 10ft deeper’: Navjot Sidhu’s message after Congress’ Punjab defeat

By Priyanka Verma 
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Punjab: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Friday, March 11, that ‘people who dug holes for me, are now buried 10 feet under… everyone can see that’ in his first interaction with the media since his party was hammered in the Assembly election and he lost from Amritsar (East).

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“People who dug holes for Sidhu got buried in holes 10 feet deeper. Let bygones be bygones… People have voted for AAP for a change, I congratulate them… New seeds have to be sown… not ‘chinta’ but ‘chintan’ should be done,” the ex cricketer told news agency.

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“I’m not going into a deep analysis of whether people accepted Channi’s face as chief minister candidate or not,” he said in response to outgoing chief minister Charanjit Channi’s twin defeats; Channi contested from both Chamkaur Saheb and Bhadaur, and lost both races.

AAP won the Punjab Assembly Election Result 2022 with a great majority sweeping 92 seats from a total of 117 seats. The party gained 72 seats alone in this election compared to the previous one. Meanwhile, Congress which was the runner-up won 18 seats, Shiromani Akali Dal received just three seats and BJP bagged only 2 seats. Congress party lost the most to the tune of 59 seats in this election.

As distressing as the defeat is, the scale has rankled the Congress, as has the fact both Sidhu and Channi were beaten.

Sidhu in the 2017 assembly polls, contested as a Congress candidate and made a massive victory with a margin of 42,000 votes in the Amritsar East.

Yesterday, once it became clear the AAP would displace the Congress in Punjab, Sidhu tweeted the result was ‘the voice of God’ and that he ‘humbly accept(s) the mandate of the people of Punjab’. “Congratulations to AAP” he wrote.

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The AAP coasted to victory but was helped by bitter infighting within the Congress; Channi, Punjab’s first Dalit chief minister, and Sidhu frequently sparred with each other in the build-up to last month’s election, as did Sidhu and ex chief minister Amarinder Singh, whose explosive resignation in November last year deepened the party’s crisis.

Channi lost from Chamkaur Sahib in Rupnagar district and Bhadaur in Barnala. They weren’t the only two heavyweights to fall.

Veteran Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal also bit the dust against an AAP candidate. “We accept the people’s verdict. We’ll hold a meeting to introspect the results… support the AAP in Punjab,” Sukhbir Singh Badal, Parkash Singh Badal’s son, said.

Today, Channi met with the Punjab governor and submitted his resignation to make ways for the new party in command.

AAP’s chief minister pick, Bhagwant Mann, who cruised to victory in Dhuri, met Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi this afternoon. He has said he will announce the date of his swearing-in later today.

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