With Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu having run-ins with the administrative officers, he has been reportedly advised by officials in the Chief Minister’s office (CMO) to “go slow”. Sources say a senior adviser in the CMO today met Sidhu and asked him to “slow down” as his actions were not going down too well with certain sections within the government and were “in violation” of the laid down rules. The immediate provocation for this “advisory meeting”, say sources, was his holding an open court to hear the pleas of suspended Superintending Engineers of the Local Bodies Department. It is learnt that Sidhu met Capt Sandeep Sandhu, political adviser to the CM, who is learnt to have advised him “not to annoy vast sections of people, as it was not a good political move”. However, it is learnt that Sidhu was unfazed, and said he was only trying to right the wrongs done by the previous government and what he was doing was in the open. Ever since Sidhu had initiated action against the four engineers, and recommended action against four IAS officers, the officers have also started lobbying against him. While many within the Congress attribute this “over activism” by the minister to his growing ambition, considering that CM Capt Amarinder Singh has already announced to hang his boots after his term ends, sources in the CM’s camp feel he is going overboard, which will not be appreciated even by the CM. After Sidhu’s outburst against the company, the CM had clearly said that he had sought a report from the Additional Chief Secretary concerned, while maintaining that he did not wish to go for witch-hunting.
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