New Delhi: Former Punjab Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, who resigned from the top post following an escalation in the political crisis in the state last weekend, dropped worrying hints for his Congress party as he threatened to pit a candidate against Navjot Sidhu in the Punjab election and “make any sacrifice” to stop him becoming Chief Minister.
In a series of interviews, the veteran leader said that he had been asked to continue by his party chief Sonia Gandhi when he had offered to quit three weeks ago. The ‘Captain’ also described Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as “inexperienced and misguided”.
One of the Congress’ most powerful regional satraps, Mr Singh resigned on Saturday – just four months before the Punjab election – telling Congress president Sonia Gandhi he felt humiliated over the party’s move to call an emergency meeting of Punjab MLAs without informing him.
Two days later, Charanjit Singh Channi, who is close to Mr Singh’s bitter rival Navjot Sidhu, took over.
The 79-year-old refused to accept his party colleague cum rival, Navjot Singh Sidhu, as his successor and said that he would fight Navjot Sidhu’s elevation to chief ministership “tooth and nail” and was ready to make any sacrifice to save the country from “such a dangerous man”.
“For the sake of my country, I’ll oppose his (Navjot Singh Sidhu) name for Chief Minister of Punjab. It’s a matter of national security. Pakistan PM Imran Khan is his friend. Sidhu has a relation with Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa,” Mr Singh told media.
“Navjot Singh Sidhu is an incompetent man. He was a total disaster in my government. He couldn’t run one ministry I gave him. He did not clear files for seven months,” the former Chief Minister, popularly known as Captain, said.
Asked if he would remain in Congress, the 79-year-old said, “I can’t answer that right now.”
Stating that he would field a strong candidate against Mr Sidhu in the 2022 assembly polls to ensure his defeat, Mr Singh said: “He (Sidhu) is dangerous for the state.”