Sidhu undermining Punjab CM’s authority: Amarinder | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: Former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh stored up his assault on Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday and stated he thinks that the cricketer-turned-politician is undermining chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi‘s authority.
He additionally stated the type of scenario that Sidhu has created was by no means seen earlier than in Punjab.
Asked if Sidhu is undermining Channi’s authority, the veteran Congress chief, who returned to Chandigarh on Thursday night after a go to to Delhi, stated, “I think so.”
“Sidhu’s job is to run party affairs and Channi’s job is to run the government. There is never any interference. I have been the PCC chief thrice.
“The two (the Pradesh Congress Committee chief and the chief minister) seek the advice of one another, however the remaining choice is of Channi, who’s the chief minister, not Sidhu,” Singh told reporters at the Chandigarh airport.
Sidhu abruptly resigned as the state Congress chief on Tuesday, plunging the ruling party in Punjab into a fresh crisis months ahead of the assembly polls.
The cricketer-turned-politician raised questions on Wednesday over the appointments of the state’s director general of police, advocate general and “tainted” leaders as ministers.
Replying to a question on whom to remove from the cabinet or appoint as ministers, Singh said these decisions have to be taken by the chief minister.
“To appoint, take away or switch ministers or officers is the chief minister’s job. What does the PCC president need to do with it?” he asked.
Singh said over the nine-and-a-half years when he was the chief minister (2002-07 and March 2017 to September 2021), there have been many PCC chiefs.
“We used to speak and seek the advice of one another, however the sort of scenario that Sidhu has created was by no means seen,” he added.
Asked to comment on the current developments in the state, Singh said, “I’ve already stated that Sidhu is just not the correct man for Punjab.”
“And from wherever he contests, I cannot let him win,” the former chief minister asserted.
Singh had earlier accused Sidhu of being close to Pakistan and its Prime Minister Imran Khan and had alleged that he was “harmful” for the border state.
Asked if any Congress MLAs or ministers would follow him when he formally parts way with the party, he asked, “Do you assume I’ll inform you this?”
On a query on whether or not there needs to be a flooring take a look at within the Assembly in view of the present scenario throughout the Punjab Congress, Singh stated, “These issues are for the speaker to see…. It is just not my job.”
Asked about media reports suggesting that he could float a regional party ahead of the assembly polls, he evaded a direct reply, but quipped in a lighter vein, “Media stories additionally stated that I’m going to hitch the BJP at 12 midday in the present day.”
Singh again reiterated that he would not join the saffron party but said he would quit the Congress.
“I’m not going to stay within the Congress, however I’m not becoming a member of the BJP,” he said.
Asked when will he resign from the Congress, Singh said, “I’ll inform you at an acceptable time.”
During his visit to the national capital, Singh held separate meetings with Union home minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
He resigned as the chief minister on September 18 after accusing the Congress of humiliating him.
Singh said during his meeting with Shah and Doval, he raised security concerns as Punjab is a border state.
“There are points associated to safety, which I raised. For the final 4 years, I’ve been seeing what is occurring in Punjab. Drones are coming (from throughout the border) each day. There are these that are intercepted, however there could also be others which one doesn’t know the place they’re going…all these points are associated to nationwide safety,” he said.
Channi was recently picked as the leader of the state’s Congress Legislative Party. He was sworn-in as the chief minister on September 20.

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