Punjabis have laid foundation for change: Sidhu on AAP landslide

Published on Mar 11, 2022 05:56 PM IST

Day after Congress rout, state party chief Navjot Singh Sidhu refers to infighting, says those who dug pit for him, find themselves in a well

Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu interacting with supporters in Amritsar East constituency on Friday, a day after he lost the election to AAP’s Jeevan Jyot Kaur. (ANI Photo)
Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu interacting with supporters in Amritsar East constituency on Friday, a day after he lost the election to AAP’s Jeevan Jyot Kaur. (ANI Photo)

A day after the Congress was decimated by the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab, state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu said the people of the state had voted for change from the traditional system and laid a new foundation.

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Sidhu, who lost the Amritsar East seat to AAP’s Jeevan Jyot Kaur, said: “This was the politics for change. I congratulate the people of Punjab. They took such a good decision and laid a new foundation by changing the traditional system of Punjab. People are never wrong. People’s voice is God’s voice and their verdict should be accepted with humility.”

Referring to the infighting in the Congress, he said those who had dug a pit and tried to pull him down now found themselves in a well. He said former chief ministers had faced defeat this time. “My relation with people is not that of victory or defeat. I see God in the people of Punjab. Their welfare is my welfare. Then, where do advantages and disadvantages come from? Who says the punishment of sacrilege was not awarded? What happened yesterday is the punishment for the sacrilege. Where have those who ruled in the name of Panth gone?”

He vowed to continue fighting the mafia. “Until the mafia is not eliminated, there will be no increase in state revenue. Apart from law and order, the solution to all issues of Punjab lies in revenue,” he said.

Asked about his ties with Charanjit Singh Channi, Sidhu said, “When Channi’s name was announced as CM face, I backed him. I cooperated during the elections and he even visited my constituency. He was selected by the high command. Pointing fingers is narrow thinking. Our intention is big, our thinking is big. It is not bound by selfishness.”

On his defeat to AAP’s Jeevan Jyot Kaur by 6,750 votes, he said, “When we played cricket, we scored centuries on the first and second days and were out on the third day. Victory and defeat are not an issue. The issue is how to make Punjab a winner.”

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    Surjit Singh is a correspondent. He covers politics and agriculture, besides religious affairs and Indo-Pak border in Amritsar and Tarn Taran.

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