shot-button
Subscription Subscription
Home > News > India News > Article > 10 Punjab MLAs issue statement in support of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh

10 Punjab MLAs issue statement in support of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh

Updated on: 18 July,2021 09:06 PM IST  |  Chandigarh
PTI |

Seven Congress legislators and three AAP MLAs who recently switched over to the ruling party also said Navjot Singh Sidhu was a celebrity and was no doubt an asset to the party but condemning and criticising his own party and government in public has only created a rift in the cadres and weakened it

10 Punjab MLAs issue statement in support of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh. File pic

Ahead of a likely revamp of the Congress unit in Punjab, 10 MLAs on Sunday issued a joint statement in support of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and urged the party high command not to let him down.


Seven Congress legislators and three AAP MLAs who recently switched over to the ruling party also said Navjot Singh Sidhu was a celebrity and was no doubt an asset to the party but condemning and criticising his own party and government in public has only created a rift in the cadres and weakened it.


Singh and Sidhu have been at loggerheads over various issues. The statement came amid reports that Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to be appointed as the state Congress chief.


The joint statement was issued by Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira on behalf of the 10 legislators.

Among the seven Congress legislators are Kuldeep Singh Vaid, Fatehjang Bajwa and Harminder Singh Gill.

Besides Khaira, two rebel AAP legislators who issued the statement are Jagdev Singh Kamalu and Pirmal Singh Khalsa. Three of them had switched over to the Congress in the month of June.

Also read: Won't meet Sidhu until he apologises for 'derogatory' tweets: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

In the statement, the legislators urged the party high command not to "let down" Amarinder Singh, saying because of his unrelenting efforts, the party stands well entrenched in Punjab.

They said there was no doubt that the appointment of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief was the prerogative of the party high command but at the same time "washing dirty linen" in public has only decreased the party graph during the last couple of months.

They said that Singh commanded immense respect across different sections of the society in the state, particularly the farmers for whom he even endangered his chair as CM while passing the 2004 Termination of Waters Agreement Act.

Singh stood as a tall leader amongst the Sikhs because of his principled stand during testing times, they said in the statement.

They said Singh had to also face 'extreme vendetta politics' at the hands of the Badal family, for filing corruption and disproportionate assets cases against them in his first tenure as chief minister.

The MLAs said since merely six months were left for the elections, pulling the party into the different directions will only harm its prospects in the 2022 polls.

They also supported the decision of Singh not to meet Sidhu until he publicly tenders an apology for his "derogatory" tweets against him.

They said Sidhu should tender a public apology, so that the party and government can function in tandem.

They said they hoped the party high command would take cognizance of their suggestions and would definitely keep in mind the status, contribution and background of Amarinder Singh while making vital decisions for the party. 

This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

"Exciting news! Mid-day is now on WhatsApp Channels Subscribe today by clicking the link and stay updated with the latest news!" Click here!


Mid-Day Web Stories

Mid-Day Web Stories

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK