CHANDIGARH – Giving more fodder to rumour mongers, Congress MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu today took to Twitter, saying the Aam Aadmi Party always “recognised his vision and work for Punjab”.
He said, “Before the 2017 polls, I raised issues like sacrilege, drugs, farmers’ distress, corruption and power crisis. Now again I have presented the ‘Punjab model’. It is clear they (AAP) know who is really fighting for Punjab.”
In another tweet, he said, “If the Opposition dares to question me, they can’t escape my pro-people agenda… This means they have resigned to their fate.” Sidhu’s statement came hours before Congress leader Rahul Gandhi held a meeting with Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat to discuss the peace formula for the state Congress.
“Since there are reports of appointing Sidhu as PPCC chief despite resistance from the CM, the tweet can be interpreted in different ways,” said a senior leader.
Sidhu was reacting to a statement by AAP state chief Bhagwant Mann, who challenged him to tweet on issue of two power companies allegedly funding the Congress. Mann said Sidhu, who always tweeted on PPAs, should respond to his challenge. Sidhu’s another tweet indicated that his posts were meant as sarcasm towards AAP and his detractors within the party. He said, “Our opposition singing about me and other loyal Congressmen, saying if you join AAP, then no issue, but if you remain in the Congress, then there is a problem.” In party circles, Sidhu’s tweet is being seen as veiled reminder to the high command about political options before him.
Asked about Sidhu’s tweets on AAP, Congress general secretary Harish Rawat said, “Sidhu, Congress and the CM are on the same page as regards need for action on Bargari and drug issues. As far as Sidhu’s articulation goes, he has his own way of speaking. I am in no position to modify that. The CM and Sidhu are leaders of the same party. Our attempt is that both work together for the 2022 Assembly poll.”