Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday made it official that he is not with Congress anymore and neither was joining the BJP. Interacting with the media in Chandigarh after returning from his 2-day New Delhi visit, Amarinder Singh described Navjot Singh Sidhu as a person who is "not good for the state' and added, "I won't let him win from wherever he contests election."
Meanwhile, sources say there was no consensus in the meeting between Navjot Singh Sidhu and CM Charanjit Singh Channi that could resolve the Punjab Congress crisis.
Sources said Sidhu remained adamant on the removal of Advocate General and DGP. However, Channi said that a special solicitor can be appointed on cases on which Sidhu has objections, but the Advocate General will not be removed. The points on which Sidhu and Channi did not agree, now the high command will decide on those points, sources said.
Reports suggest, that the issues Sidhu raised will be discussed in the Cabinet meeting on October 4. Also, Congress's high command has asked Harish Rawat to mediate between Punjab CM Charanjit Channi and Navjot Sidhu.
Meanwhile, Captain Amarinder Singh, who arrived in Chandigarh from Delhi where he had met Amit Shan, said, "during my tenure as Chief Minister, there were (Punjab Congress) chiefs, but what Navjot Singh Sidhu did has never been done before."
"...I had said it before also that Navjot Singh Sidhu is not the right man for Punjab, and if he contests, I will not let him win...," Amarinder reiterated.
When asked about his meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in Delhi, Amarinder Singh said, "We discussed security-related issues, can't share them here."
With Amarinder declaring an open war with the Congress in Punjab, there are speculations that he will demand a floor test in the Assembly. "If the party loses the majority, then the Assembly Speaker has to take the decision," the former CM said.
The Congress high command has once again asked Harish Rawat to mediate between CM Channi and Navjot Sidhu, sources added. It was also reported that the party top brass is in no mood to relent and give in to Sidhu's demands this time.