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Navjot Singh Sidhu time and again displayed his character

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After lots of permutation and combination somehow congress chose its new chief minister for Punjab, elections are approaching and Aam Aadmi Party is doing quite well in the state, as such crucial juncture Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as Punjab Congress chief, delivering a big shock to the Gandhis’, who may have hoped that changing Chief Ministers would help end the turmoil in the state before elections early next year. Sidhu an unreliable politician tweeted a resignation letter that hinted at his unhappiness at the ongoing changes to the Punjab cabinet.

Sidhu was upset about the cabinet changes made by new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, who was seen to be close to him. Though Sidhu was widely seen to act as “Super Chief Minister” when it came to making any decisions, he was reportedly ignored in recent appointments seen as controversial. He was also angry about key posts given to officials linked to the “sacrilege” case. Some even say that he thought he would be the next Chief Minister of state but his close aid was chosen by Gandhi for the highest post.

At this level in politics, Congress needs a person of strategy, whereas Sidhu never had any character. Rather he has destructive shots in the game of cricket or politics.BJP had timely recognized this calibre and dropped him from playing eleven. Unfortunately, Congress think tank doesn’t possess the ability to select competent person anywhere in the country. It spoiled even winning games in states such as Goa, Haryana, Karnataka, and MP, etc. Consequently, Congress has eroded the trust of its followers all over the country. No one knows how and when the Congress high command will strike the right chord.

The inner-party democracy having been crushed and the family micromanaging the party affairs is the cause of Congress caving in by itself without the need of any external forces. Navjyot Singh Sidhu not only changed political parties but also changed his career options.

After a long wait and repeated defeat since 2014, Captain Amarinder Singh, 75, took oath as Chief Minister. Third on the list of nine ministers who were sworn in was Navjot Singh Sidhu, who then quit the BJP and joined Congress. Everyone predicted that Sidhu would be to be a Deputy Chief Minister, a post he has been keen on, but was made only a cabinet minister – has been allotted the low-profile local bodies’ ministry in the Amarinder government.

Sidhu hoped that he would be suitably rewarded for joining the Congress after resigning as BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP. After leaving BJP he humped at AAP, but Kejriwal did not assure him big perks as expected by the man himself.

After the cold replies from AAP, Sidhu formed Awaaz-e-Punjab in September. Awaaz-e-Punjab was not only criticized by AAP but also called a “tonga party” by, of all people, Amarinder. Perhaps the lowest point for Sidhu came in November when Awaaz-e-Punjab fell apart as two of its members, Simarjeet Singh Bains and Balwinder Singh Bains, joined hands with AAP. It was at this point that Sidhu had been abandoned by every major party in Punjab. By the time Sidhu joined Congress his credibility came to nicks. Now by showing immaturity he lost all the goodwill within the party.

In 1991 Sidhu was accused of assaulting Gurnam Singh and causing his death. Sidhu was arrested by Punjab Police after the incident and had to spend several days lodged in a Patiala jail.

In December 2006, Sidhu was found guilty and sentenced to a three-year prison term for culpable homicide following a road rage incident. Controversy and Sidhu walked hand in hand, the opportunist, who is fit to be a comedy show judge tried his luck in all the political parties and finally got back to congress and resigned as party chief in Punjab. His expectations were not fulfilled as he estimated it would be interesting to see how he is going to manage with what he has given or takes another rebellious step as he already has proficiency in it.


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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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