10 Punjab MLAs issue statement to support Amarinder Singh.
Ahead of a possible renewal of congressional unity in Punjab, ten members of the People’s Liberation Army issued a joint statement on Sunday in support of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and urged the party’s high command not to disappoint him.
Seven congressional legislators and three AAP MLAs who recently passed over to the ruling party also said that Navjot Singh Sidhu was a celebrity and was certainly an asset to the party, but condemning and criticizing his own party and the government in public has only been created a “gap in the pictures and weakened it.”
Singh and Sidhu have disagreed on various issues. The statement came amid reports that Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to be appointed head of the state Congress.
The joint statement was issued by the leader of Congress, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, on behalf of the 10 lawmakers.
Among the seven legislators in Congress are Kuldeep Singh Vaid, Fatehjang Bajwa, and Harminder Singh Gill.
In addition to Khaira, two rebel AAP lawmakers who issued the statement are Jagdev Singh Kamalu and Primal Singh Khalsa. Three of them had gone to Congress in June.
In the statement, lawmakers urged the party’s high command not to “defraud” Amarinder Singh, saying that due to his tireless efforts, the party is well established in Punjab.
They said that there was no doubt that the appointment of the head of the Punjab Pradesh Congressional Committee was the prerogative of the party’s high command, but that at the same time “washing dirty clothes” in public has only diminished the party’s graph in recent months.
They said Singh inspired immense respect from different sectors of society in the state, particularly farmers for whom he even endangered his chair as CM by passing the Water Completion Agreement Act of 2004.
Singh stood out as a high leader among Sikhs due to his principled position during the trying times, they said in the statement.
They said Singh also had to face an “extreme vendetta policy” at the hands of the Badal family, for bringing cases of corruption and disproportionate assets against him in his first term as prime minister.
The MLAs said that since there are only six months left until the elections, taking the party in different directions will only “hurt” their prospects in the 2022 elections.
They also supported Singh’s decision not to meet with Sidhu until he publicly apologizes for his “derogatory” tweets against him.
They said Sidhu should present a public apology so that the party and the government can work together.
They said they hoped the party high command would take notice of their suggestions and would definitely take Amarinder Singh’s status, contribution and background into account when making vital decisions for the party.