Sidhu’s comment of ‘Amritsar fugitive’ raises questions before Amarinder. As is his wont, utterances of Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, without giving any second thought, has raised serious questions before Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. In response to a question in ‘Meet the Press’ programme in Chandigarh Press Club on Thursday, Sidhu said that although he came from Patiala to Amritsar, but he never wanted earn the tag of ‘Deserter of Guru Ghar’ by changing his constituency. He repeatedly said that efforts had been made to oust him from Punjab politics, but he had not preferred to be the ‘fugitive’ of Amritsar. It is worth mentioning that the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had left the Amritsar Parliamentary constituency to contest from assembly elections from Patiala in the recent state Vidhan Sabha elections.Most of the answers to the questions of the journalists in the ‘Meet the Press’ programme were basically a claptrap by Sidhu. He explained in his reply for his desire of Home ministry that Shiromani Akali Dal leaders and workers are no longer allowed to go openly breaking the law. He said that suggestions related to this were given to the Chief Minister, but the CM always replied with a clear ‘no vendetta politics.’ Sidhu said when an MLA raises his voice, it does not mean that he was speaking alone, it should be considered as the voice of the entire constituency. But being the CM, it was his (Captain Amarinder’s) prerogative to follow or not.Sidhu spoke against former Akali leader Sucha Singh Langah, but gave a slip to questions related to the issue that a former minister of Congress had sheltered Honeypreet, an alleged accused in sedition in the Panchkula violence case. Declaring farmers’ debt issue as a national issue, he said at least one year should be given to the state government to sort matters out. Interesting, Sidhu avoided speaking even a single word against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Modi’s policies as well as BJP. About the allegations against BJP candidate Swaran Salaria, the local bodies minister immediately changed his track to Langah. But more interestingly, although Sidhu left the BJP for Congress, yet he did not leave or forget the ideology of BJP and RSS. Speaking about leaders of principle, he mentioned the names of Sangh leader Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee along with Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri, but he did not mention the name of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru.
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