“Congress Lost Due To 5-Year Mafia Raaj And The CM Was Involved In It”, Says Navjot Sidhu

Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former PPCC chief, has once again slammed his own party and its erstwhile government, saying that the ‘Mafia Raaj’ in the Congress rule was at its peak, and the then chief minister was also involved in that, due to which the Congress party faced a humiliating defeat.

The cricketer-turned-politician met new PPCC chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring but left from the party headquarters 10 minutes before the ceremony to mark the latter’s installation as the new Punjab Congress president. Three-time MLA from Gidderbaha constituency of Muktsar district and a former transport minister, 44-year-old Warring was named the Congress’s state unit chief on April 9. Apart from being a known youth leader of the Congress party at the state as well as national level, Raja Warring is also a close aide of former Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

The lack of rapport between the two leaders also came to the fore on Thursday when Sidhu met the Governor without keeping Warring in the loop. In another development, former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar also skipped today’s function amid speculation that the party is set to take strict against him for not responding to the show cause notice.

This is not the first time when Navjot Singh Sidhu has questioned his own party, even when he was not the PPCC chief and Capt Amarinder Singh was the chief minister of Punjab, Sidhu used to continuously question his own party and govt, and was the topmost flag raiser demanding the change in the CM face. Though, even when the Congress party replaced the then CM Capt Amarinder with Charanjit Singh Channi, the then PPCC chief Sidhu was still seen unhappy and kept questioning the Congress govt on a lot of issues.

This led to a heavy infighting amongst the Congress leaders in Punjab, resulting in a humiliating defeat of the party in the recent assembly polls, with CM Charanjit Singh Channi losing from both – Chamkaur Sahib and Badhaur, while Navjot Singh Sidhu himself lost to the AAP candidate Jivan Jyot Kaur from Amritsar East assembly constituency.

Recently, the Congress high command, after Sidhu’s resignation from the PPCC chief post, has appointed the Gidderbaha MLA and former minister Amarinder Singh Raja Warring as the new PPCC president, though even now the differences between Sidhu and the state unit of the Congress party have been coming to the fore.

The former Punjab CM Charanjit Channi has been under fire from leaders such as Sidhu and Sunil Jakhar after he was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the illegal sand mining case. Speaking to the media outside the Punjab Congress Bhawan on Friday, Sidhu contended that his fight was against the corrupt system and stressed the need for Congress to re-invent itself.

Now with Sidhu’s statement, questioning the erstwhile Congress govt and its CM for the 5-year Mafia Raaj, once again the infighting in Punjab Congress is at its peak.

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