New Delhi: Amid ongoing tensions within Congress, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as the party’s Punjab unit chief earlier this week, has proclaimed his commitment to the grand old party and the Gandhi siblings on Saturday. In a message to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shashtri, Sidhu said he will “stand by” Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.
“Will uphold principles of Gandhi Ji & Shastri Ji … Post or No Post will stand by @RahulGandhi & @priyankagandhi! Let all negative forces try to defeat me, but with every ounce of positive energy will make Punjab win, Punjabiyat (Universal Brotherhood) win & every punjabi win!!” said Sidhu in a tweet.
Sidhu has earlier stated that he cannot compromise with his ethics, moral authority and pointed out that he didn’t want a “repeat of a system of tainted leaders and officers in the state”.
He had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on Tuesday. The cricketer-turned-politician is reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after Cabinet expansion in Punjab.
Sidhu was appointed as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) on July 23 following months of turmoil in the state Congress unit.
Sidhu’s resignation as state party chief intensified the crisis in the Punjab Congress and triggered discussions and deliberations in the party. A minister and three Congress leaders, considered close to him, stepped down from their posts delivering.