Raised state’s points with Punjab CM: Navjot Sidhu
Ruchika M Khanna
Chandigarh, Might 9
A gathering between Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and former PCC chief Navjot Sidhu, held this night, was projected by the latter as “a brand new milestone in Punjab’s polity, the place the ruling celebration and Opposition leaders can work collectively to rebuild the state”.
Praises ‘humble’ Mann
Mann hasn’t modified in any respect after turning into the CM. He was humble and listened to my options for growing state revenue. Navjot Singh Sidhu, PCC Ex-chief
Ignored AAP leaders
CM agreed to satisfy Sidhu, who isn’t even a minister, MLA or an MP. Simply see the distinction… they might not give time to an AAP chief. Laljit Singh Bhullar, Transport Minister
Although there was no official phrase from Mann, his workplace, or the AAP about what transpired, celebration sources stated not a lot needs to be learn into the assembly of the CM with an “unusual man, who needed to offer some options for taking Punjab on a path of progress and growth. He’s neither the CLP chief nor the state celebration chief, however he sought a gathering with the CM, who agreed”. There was quite a lot of buzz concerning the intent behind the assembly.
Sidhu, nonetheless, was “floored by Mann’s humility and gave him options on growing Punjab’s revenue to hold out growth tasks”. This assembly gave a possibility to Sidhu to hit out at his detractors within the Congress.
Whereas the assembly lasted 50 minutes, the optics appeared opposite to the claims made by Sidhu’s aides. Forward of the scheduled assembly, held on the workplace of CM Mann within the Punjab Civil Secretariat, Transport Minister Laljit Bhullar ridiculed Sidhu, saying: “Our CM is so large-hearted, he even agreed to satisfy Sidhu, who’s a ‘haarya hoya, nakaarya hoya aam aadmi’ (defeated and rejected widespread man), who isn’t even a minister, MLA or an MP. Simply see the distinction… throughout the Congress and earlier than them Akali rule, they might not give time to any AAP chief.”
Bhullar went on to say Sidhu didn’t know what he needed to converse or do. “His celebration colleagues have provide you with obscure statements — some say he sought time from the CM, others say Mann known as him and nonetheless others say Sidhu approached the Governor, who in flip forwarded his letter to the CM and steered a gathering between the 2. They need to a minimum of be constant once they speak,” he stated.
This in addition to the “off-the-record” statements by a number of celebration leaders have dominated out any entry for Sidhu
into the AAP, contemplating
the complaints looking for disciplinary motion towards him within the Congress.
Unfazed by AAP leaders’ statements, Sidhu sang reward for the CM after the assembly. “Mann was humble and listened to my options for growing Punjab’s revenue via plugging leakages in excise obligation collections, growing VAT collections on retail fuels and tax collections via nipping the sand mafia. I used to offer the identical options to my celebration’s authorities, however to little avail.
“I urged the CM to cease the ‘thekedari’ system because the political class hid behind these contractors. Repair the speed of sand, guarantee there isn’t a liquor smuggling from distilleries, get the land below encroachment vacated and cancel the defective PPAs — that is what I steered to Mann. If he does this, which he can due to the large mandate in his favour, he can be remembered within the historical past as a person who rebuilt Punjab. I’ll solely act as a ‘pehredar’ (watchdog),” he stated after the assembly.
Apparently, Sidhu once more hit out on the Congress and his celebration colleagues, saying a minister who he needed to behave towards these encroaching on authorities land had himself encroached upon property.