Final Up to date: April 03, 2023, 19:29 IST
Loads has modified in Punjab’s political spectrum within the final ten months, a time that Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu spent behind the bars. The cricketer-turned-politician was serving time for a 1988 highway rage case, and was launched out of Punjab’s Patiala jail on Saturday night.
The Supreme Court docket had imposed a one-year rigorous imprisonment for him. As he got here out of his cell, the state Congress was conspicuous of his absence.
On Monday when the previous PCC chief met the mother and father of slain Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, no vital occasion chief was on the town.
There are speculations as to what function he could be assigned as soon as he walked out of the jail. His assembly with some leaders in jail a number of months again together with former Finance minister Manpreet Badal has solely casted extra doubts about his place.
And loads has modified. Other than Manpreet Badal switching over to the BJP with a few of senior Congress leaders, the Congress management appears to have settled down with the current lot that’s steering the occasion within the state.
The management goes with a a lot youthful Amrinder Singh Raja Warring on the helm, and the roadmap for the occasion’s 2024 battle within the state has been drawn.
When Sidhu walked out of the jail neither Warring nor the Chief of Opposition (LoP) within the state meeting, Partap Bajwa have been current. Each claimed prior engagements as the explanation for not turning up.
In reality, barring a few of Sidhu’s few trusted aides in Congress, the highest management selected to remain away.
“Sidhu’s function as PCC chief got here underneath a cloud due to final 12 months’s meeting outcomes. He courted controversy leading to confusion among the many occasion staff. The occasion has achieved sufficient confabulations and at current it doesn’t appear he will probably be assigned any important function to make individuals like Warring and Bajwa uncomfortable,’’ a senior chief advised News18.
In line with sources, as a substitute of his function in state politics, the excessive command could use Sidhu extra for state elections in different states.
“The occasion excessive command is planning to have interaction its firebrand chief towards the BJP within the Karnataka Meeting elections. He’s a crowd puller and his engagements will basically be associated to campaigning in different states going to polls,’’ a pacesetter mentioned.
Sidhu is anticipated to fulfill Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in Delhi in a number of days and his function within the grand previous occasion is probably going on the agenda.
The occasion expects Sidhu to be circumspect on condition that the by ballot to the Jalandhar Lok Sabha constituency is drawing nearer. “The occasion can sick afford any controversy triggered by his assertion. And the excessive command appears to have conveyed that to Sidhu,’’ a pacesetter mentioned.
Sidhu attacked the Centre and the AAP authorities in Punjab after his launch from the jail selecting to keep away from any controversial assertion.
On the document PPCC chief Raja Warring averted any controversy stating that he was wanting ahead to fulfill Sidhu. “He will probably be a part of the political affairs committee together with different senior leaders,” he mentioned.
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