Even as Navjot Singh Sidhu, in anticipation of his elevation as PCC chief, has started meeting party legislators, senior party leader Sukhpal Khaira — claiming support of 10 Congress MLAs — has urged the high command not to let down Captain Amarinder Singh “due to whose unrelenting efforts the party stands well entrenched in Punjab”.
In a joint statement issued by Khaira, who recently crossed over to Congress from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he said there was no doubt that the appointment of state PCC chief was the prerogative of the party high command but at the same time washing dirty linen in public has only dipped the party graph during the last couple of months.
The MLAs said that it was due to Captain that the party regained power in Punjab in the aftermath of 1984 attack on Darbar Sahib and the subsequent genocide of the Sikhs in Delhi and elsewhere in the country.
“The Chief Minister commanded immense respect across different sections of the society in the state, particularly the farmers for whom he even endangered his chair as CM while passing the 2004 Termination of Waters Agreement Act,’’ the statement said.
The statement added that Captain Amarinder had to also face extreme vendetta politics at the hands of the Badal family, for filing corruption and disproportionate assets case against them in his first tenure as chief minister.