Infighting within the Punjab Congress got here out within the open Thursday at a protest assembly when a colleague dared Navjot Singh Sidhu to take names if he felt anybody within the celebration was concerned in wrongdoing.
The embarrassing scenario for the celebration arose when Punjab Congress youth chief Brinder Singh Dhillon interrupted Mr Sidhu, a former Punjab Congress Committee (PCC) chief, throughout his speech.
Mr Sidhu was addressing the Congress leaders and staff throughout the protest towards the BJP-led central authorities over continued rise in petrol, diesel, and cooking gasoline costs outdoors the Punjab Congress Bhawan in Chandigarh.
Mr Sidhu spoke about selling folks with clear picture for the celebration’s revival within the wake of its decimation within the current Punjab meeting elections.
“I did not take anybody’s name nor will I do that. ‘Kyonki yeh public jo hai sab jaanti hai‘ (because the public knows everything),” Mr Sidhu stated cryptically.
He stated it can do nobody any good, in the event that they select to fill their very own coffers. “No matter how many addresses you deliver, nothing will happen,” he stated.
He stated he can be the primary one to take a stand if any “false” FIR was lodged towards any Congress employee.
“But if cash is recovered from anyone’s home, I can’t stand with him,” he said. “Kyonki choran naal nahin khadna (I’m not going to help the corrupt).” “I can’t level a finger at anybody. 100 folks might have spoken towards me however Sidhu by no means spoke towards any Congress employee,” he said.
Mr Dhillon stood and interrupted Mr Sidhu shouting at him to draw his attention.
“Sidhu sahab, what you’re doing is unsuitable,” Mr Dhillon said confronting him. “Kyon nahi naam laoge, kyon nahin naam laoge (why will not you’re taking names?),” Mr Dhillon asked Mr Sidhu in Punjabi.
“If one thing is unsuitable then name it out, and if one thing is correct then say that too,” he said, pleading Mr Sidhu to name those who he thinks indulged in corruption.
Mr Dhillon then told Mr Sidhu if he was not going to take names then he was indulging in mere “drama”. “Phir tusi drama kar rahe ho (then you’re doing a drama),” he said.
The heat from his party worker made Mr Sidhu stop his address.
Later, Mr Dhillon through a tweet appealed for unity in the party and clarified that his outburst was not against any individual.
“No battle towards any particular person, we shouldn’t be throwing mud at one another because it was a collective defeat. We have suffered due to infighting and if we don’t course appropriate, we will probably be completed. Time to face collectively and battle for public not for particular person glorification,” he posted.
A bit of Punjab Congress leaders have been holding conferences not too long ago and batting for a key position for Mr Sidhu forward of the doubtless announcement of the brand new PPCC chief.
The Congress obtained a drubbing within the Punjab meeting polls profitable solely 18 seats, because the Aam Aadmi Party got here to energy bagging 92 of the 117 meeting segments.
Mr Sidhu was defeated by AAP candidate and political greenhorn Jeevan Jyot Kaur from Amritsar East constituency.
Following the ballot debacle in 5 states — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur, and Punjab — Congress president Sonia Gandhi had requested the celebration’s state unit chiefs to place of their papers, and Mr Sidhu, too, tendered his resignation.
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