Chandigarh: A day after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from the post of Punjab Congress president, he praised the new chief minister of the state Bhagwant Mann, stating that he would unfurl “a new anti-Mafia era” thus embarrassing the grand old party of India.
Taking to Twitter, Sidhu wrote, “The happiest man is the one from whom no one expects … Bhagwant Mann unfurls a new anti – Mafia era in Punjab with a mountain of expectations …hope he rises to the occasion , brings back Punjab on the revival path with pro – people policies … best always.”
Following the defeat, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi had asked her party chiefs in all five states, where elections were recently held, to resign. Sidhu, too, resigned as per Gandhi’s direction.
This is not the first time Sidhu has embarrassed his party. His drastic steps had earlier too embarrassed Congress on several occasions. Despite the appointment of his right-hand man Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief minister last year, Sidhu, a cricketer-turned politician, had surprised all by resigning on one afternoon. However, later he took back his resignation.
In the recently concluded state polls in Punjab, the Congress was routed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which won a whooping 92 of 117 assembly seats.
The Congress has been reduced to just 18 seats in the border state, which was its bastion.
India Blooms News Service