Amid reports of Navjot Sidhu being unhappy with the ruling Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday asked the Punjab Local Bodies and Tourism Minister to explain why his actions were being welcomed by Aam Aadmi Party.
In a Press statement, party spokesman Maheshinder Singh Grewal said Sidhu should explain why he was collaborating with the leader of Opposition, Sukhpal Khaira and Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) to destabilise the Congress government. “We can understand the frustration of AAP and why it is welcoming Sidhu into its fold.
But Sidhu should explain why he has started romancing AAP and the Bains brothers (LIP members) immediately after his honeymoon with the Congress has turned sour,” Grewal said.
Stating that Sidhu had always been power hungry, the SAD leader said in the past also Sidhu has left one party (BJP) to join another (Congress) to fulfill his political aspirations. “It seems he now feels he won’t be able to achieve his ends in the Congress party and has started making new combinations,” the Akali leader said.
Asking Sidhu to explain why he was wasting the people’s time by discussing internal matters of the party in public, Grewal said Sidhu was resorting to tantrums because he had been thwarted from having his say in the appointment of Mayors of corporations. “Earlier also Sidhu has always resorted to blackmail to have his say in the BJP.
Now he is playing the same game and even instigating Congress councilors to revolt against the party. This shows he is with the Congress only till he can rule the roost. This incident has revealed his true character of being a thoroughbred opportunist who will stoop to any level to achieve his goals,” the SAD leader said.
Sidhu boycotted Amritsar mayor elections on Tuesday as he was not being taken into confidence before the selection of the mayoral nominee.
Even on Monday, just ahead of the mayoral elections, Sidhu had claimed that he had not been invited for a meeting that was scheduled to appoint the Amritsar mayor. On the other hand, the Congress leadership has refuted the reports of Sidhu’s differences with the party.