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Punjab CM Calls Navjot Sidhu For Talks To Resolve Issues

Chandigarh: A day after Navjot Singh Sidhu tendered his resignation from the post of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Chief Minister Charanjit Channi has reached out to him with a hope to resolve the issue.

Calling him the head of the family, Channi said “Whoever is party president, is head of the family. I had called him and told that the party is supreme. I have spoken to him on phone and told him to let’s sit, talk it out and resolve the issue.”

Addressing the media Channi said, “Nothing has been done intentionally. If anybody has objection on any appointment, then I am not rigid on that… I don’t have ego tussles… I told him party is supreme, let’s talk.”

Earlier today, Sidhu released a video where he could be heard saying he could not compromise on ethics or “moral authority”.

“I will make any sacrifice to stand by principles… I broke the system where tainted ministers and officers were accommodated. Now tainted ministers and officers can’t be appointed again. I oppose such appointments,” Sidhu said in what apparently was a reference to Rana Gurjit Singh, who quit the Amarinder Singh Cabinet in 2018 after being linked to a sand mining scam. He was later cleared by an inquiry panel.

He is also upset about the key home ministry being assigned to political rival and Deputy Chief Minister SS Randhawa.

Sidhu resigned without any consultation with the party after Channi named his Cabinet where he, apparently, was not consulted. He is upset about several appointments, where the candidates were temporarily linked to corruption cases or happen to be a political rival.