After being made the Punjab Congress chief despite strong opposition from Captain Amarinder Singh, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has thanked the Gandhi family for the responsibility.
Notably, Sidhu, who was engaged in a bitter tussle with the chief minister, finally scored big when the Congress high command decided to make him the party chief in Punjab sidelining Captain Amarinder Singh’s objections.
What Navjot Singh Sidhu said
In a series of tweets, the Congress leader thanked the Gandhi family for entrusting him with the pivotal responsibility. He also remembered his father on the occasion.
He said, “To share prosperity, privilege & freedom not just among a few but among all, My father a Congress worker left a royal household & joined freedom struggle, was sentenced to death for his patriotic work reprieved by King’s Amnesty became DCC President, MLA, MLC & Advocate General.”
“Today, to work further for the same dream & strengthen the invincible fort of @INCIndia, Punjab. I am grateful to Hon’ble Congress President Sonia Gandhi Ji, Shri @RahulGandhi Ji & Smt @priyankagandhi Ji for bestowing their faith in me & giving me this pivotal responsibility.”
“Will work along every member of Congress family in Punjab to fulfil the mission of #JittegaPunjab as a humble Congress worker to Give Power of the People Back to the People through the #PunjabModel & High Command’s 18 Point Agenda … My Journey has just begun !!”
The cricketer-turned-politician will take charge along with four working presidents. The names show the party balancing out the elevation of Sidhu by meeting Amarinder Singh’s demand that Hindus and Dalits be represented.
But none of the names was vetted by Amarinder Singh, so the Congress’s Punjab solution is seen more like a snub to the chief minister, who had resisted the elevation of Sidhu to the top party post ahead of polls in the state next year.
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