Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday alleged that the “quarrel” between new Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was a “drama”, distract the attention of the people towards the state government’s failures. It was done to save the party’s sinking ship by disorienting. The SAD said this while referring to differences between Amarinder Singh and Sidhu, who arose before the Amritsar MLA’s appointment as state Congress president.
Significantly, the cricketer-turned-politician had targeted his own government over the sacrilege cases, after which there were differences between the Chief Minister and Sidhu. The chief minister had also opposed Sidhu’s appointment as party chief and refused to meet him.
However, the chief minister on Friday attended the ceremony organized for Sidhu to take charge when the Amritsar MLA requested him to put aside differences and come together.
Taking a dig at this, former state minister and SAD leader Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said that Sidhu and Amarinder Singh were guilty of “betraying” the people of the state. “It is now becoming clear that the quarrel between Sidhu and the chief minister was a drama to divert the attention of the people,” he said.
He said efforts were being made to save the “sinking ship of the party” by replacing the Congress president. Referring to infighting in the Congress, he alleged, “Keeping this in mind a two-month-long drama was also played.”