Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh dared his bête noire and senior party colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu to contest against him from Patiala and accused him of breaching party discipline repeatedly.
In an interview to a TV channel, Amarinder Singh launched a scathing attack on his former cabinet minister. “Let him clear where does he want to go. He is in the party and has been repeatedly taking direct pot shots at me. Doesn’t it indicate that he is looking at some other party as an option,” fumed Singh.
“If he wants to contest against me, I am ready for it…,’” he said in a promo telecast by the channel.
Sidhu, recently, had attacked the CM on twitter after the Punjab and Haryana High Court gave a clean chit to the Badals in the Kotkapura firing case and trashed the investigations carried by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Punjab government.
Sidhu had, through his tweet, alleged a ‘cover up’ by the present dispensation that led to the investigations being trashed by the high court.
The verdict has sparked off a political row in the state with just some months left for the state assembly elections. The opposition AAP and the Akali Dal have gone to town over the issue criticizing the ruling Congress government.
Even within the party Amarinder Singh has been facing a huge outcry with PCC Chief Sunil Jakhar and senior minister, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, already making an offer to resign which was rejected by the CM.