New Delhi: While Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation on Tuesday night came as a shock to Gandhis and the party as a whole, his decision plunged the party into yet another crisis and according to ABP news sources, Channi was tasked with solve the problem. The Punjabic CM also called a cabinet meeting at 10:30 am Tuesday which is expected to discuss ways to convince Sidhu as the high command has yet to accept his resignation.
Punjabi ministers Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and Pargat Singh met with Navjot Singh Sidhu hours before the cabinet meeting.
Hours after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from his post as leader of the Punjab Congress, four party leaders resigned from their respective posts in solidarity with the cricketer turned politician.
Razia Sultana has resigned from her post as Minister of Punjab. Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi headed the new cabinet in support of Sidhu.
Congress leader Yoginder Dhingra resigned as Secretary General of the State Party Unity, while Gulzar Inder Chahal resigned as Treasurer of the Punjab Congress.
Gautam Seth also resigned from his post as secretary general (responsible party) of the Punjab Congress following Sidhu’s resignation, ANI reported.
Opposition leaders have the opportunity to attack the big old Congress party as it struggles to maintain stability in the Punjab.
Throwing spikes at the ongoing political crisis, even the leaders of the Congress party showed their disappointment at Sidhu’s decision after the party had already announced that it would fight the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections under the leadership of their newly elected CPC head of state.
Here’s how congressional and opposition leaders reacted to the recent political crisis in Punjab
Capt Amarinder Singh, who stepped down as chief minister a few weeks ago amid the power struggle with Navjot Sidhu, took the opportunity to reiterate his firm opposition to Sidhu’s elevation as a as head of the CCP and said the cricketer turned politician is “unstable and incompetent.” “to run the state.
Former Punjab Congress leader Sanjay Jakhar said on Tuesday that the recent resignation of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee leader Navjot Singh Sidhu shows faith that the Congressional high command had relied on Sidhu being compromised . He further said that Tuesday’s political developments in Punjab were a “breach of trust”.
This is not cricket! What is compromised in this whole ‘episode’ is the faith placed in the (outgoing?) Chairman of the CCP by the congressional leadership. No demagogy can justify this breach of trust placing its benefactors in a particular situation, “Sanjay Jakhar tweeted on Tuesday.
Aam Aadmi feast
The AAP opposition reacted to Sidhu’s resignation and shared a video of MP Raghav Chadha with the caption “Now only AAP can save Punjab from the crisis”. Raghav Chadha’s 2 minute video attacks the current crisis in Congress and he says the party doesn’t care about its people and is busy in politics.
Minutes after Sidhu’s resignation, Aam Aadmi Party MP Raghav Chadha reiterated his “Rakhi Sawant” remark for Sidhu by retweeting an 11-day-old post on a social media platform. Chadha also faced huge backlash for his comment, as many criticized him for being “sexist” and “misogynistic.”
On September 17, Chadha quoted Sidhu’s video tweet on Twitter and said, “The Rakhi Sawant of Punjab politics -Navjot Singh Sidhu- received a reprimand from the Congressional high command for a relentless rant against the captain. Therefore, today, for a change, he went after Arvind Kejriwal. Wait until tomorrow as he will vehemently resume his rant against Capt. “
Feast of Bhartiya Janata
The BJP also took a hit with the crisis, slamming Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s visit to Uttar Pradesh at a time when her party faced a new crisis in the Punjab. BJP UP asked him mockingly if he should book him a ticket to Punjab.
“Priyanka Vadra ji, you came to UP at the wrong time. It was time to go to Punjab. Should we arrange a ticket to Punjab?” BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit tweeted in Hindi.
BJP chief Sambit Patra also took shots at the party in several tweets. In a tweet, Patra said before “the students arrived, the guru quit.” He also mocked by reiterating Sidhu’s phrase “Chaa Gye Guru” which he used in a TV show.