Infighting worsens in Punjab Congress after Navjot Singh Sidhu’s ‘two families’ remarks


The infighting in the Punjab Congress has worsened after Navjot Singh Sidhu attacked ‘two families’ in one of his newspaper interviews. The party’s in-charge of Punjab affairs, Harish Rawat, said that Congress President Sonia Gandhi was likely to take a decision on the infighting affecting the Punjab unit of the party.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Sidhu had said, “How? I have told you the system said ‘no’. If you are close to these two families and do what they want, then everything gets done.” Sidhu was responding to a question on why he didn’t fight the system while being part of it?

When asked which ‘two families’ of Punjab politics he was referring to, Sidhu had said, “You are smart. You know this. Everyone knows this.”

Reacting to Sidhu’s statement, Rawat told news agency ANI, “The party will assess his statement after receiving relevant info. When the matter is before Congress president,it isn’t good to say anything through newspapers.”

He added, “We will be meeting again at 11 am (today). On the basis of the report submitted to the Congress president, she has expressed interest in discussing certain pointers, the committee will discuss them with Captain Amarinder Singh.”

The Punjab unit of the Congress party has been grappling with severe infighting ahead of the next year’s assembly polls with dissidents questioning the leadership of Amarinder Singh.

Sidhu’s wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, on Saturday had criticised her own government for giving government jobs to sons of two ruling party legislators, saying only merit should be the criteria. This was after the Amarinder Singh government had appointed sons of two Congress MLAs as a police inspector and a naib tehsildar as a “special case”. According to news agency PTI, these Congress MLAs were Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa and Rakesh Pandey.