Navjot Sidhu is yet to take charge in his new ministry.
Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu is missing from the congratulatory posters which have emerged in his constituency Amritsar, implying local Congress leaders have distanced themselves from him in the wake of his ongoing feud with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
The posters put up by local leaders to congratulate the newly appointed chairman of the Amritsar Improvement Trust have pictures of the Chief Minister and other state leaders, but Mr Sidhu, who is a legislator from Amritsar East constituency, is missing from them.
Interestingly, Mr Sidhu, soon after taking over as the Local Bodies minister two years ago, had sacked the chairpersons of all 28 trusts in the state. Mr Singh, however, appointed chairpersons of four trusts recently.
Mr Sidhu and Mr Singh have differed on a host of issues over the years. Their rivalry, however, turned into a public spat during the Lok Sabha elections when Mr Sidhu targeted the Chief Minister, questioning why no criminal case was registered against former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal over the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and the police-firing incidents of 2015. Mr Sidhu also accused the Chief Minister of blocking his wife Navjot Kaur’s candidature from Amritsar.
After the Congress won eight of Punjab’s 13 Lok Sabha seats, Amarinder Singh said the party could have done better in the urban areas of the state, especially Bathinda, if not for Navjot Sidhu’s remarks.
Barely weeks after the war of words, Mr Singh took away the Local Government portfolio from Mr Sidhu and assigned him Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources.
He also kept Mr Sidhu out of crucial consultative groups to review progress and make changes in the government’s flagship programmes and schemes.
The sulking former cricketer-turned-politician is yet to take charge in his new ministry.
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