Charanjit Singh Channi did not become a puppet, now Navjot Singh Sidhu’s new drama for the chair

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To understand the extent to which a leader can go for the chair, it is necessary to understand the political mathematics of Punjab. After the removal of Captain Amarinder Singh from the CM’s chair in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu is adopting some new tactic every day to remove Charanjit Singh Channi, who was once close to him. Now Navjot Singh Sidhu has targeted the government of Charanjit Singh Channi, and Charanjit Singh Channi has also objected to Sidhu’s actions. When the tussle between Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu and Chief Minister Charanjit Singh came to the fore, Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat called a meeting for reconciliation between these two leaders, which has proved to be ineffective.

Sidhu’s allegations against Channi

Navjot Singh Sidhu had once again called a press conference on the sacrilege case of 2015. In this press conference, on the question of making Channi the Chief Minister, Sidhu said, “I had no hand behind making Channi the CM, and the Congress high command has made Channi CM.” However, when Channi got emotional while addressing his first press conference after becoming CM, Sidhu sat next to him.

Sidhu further surrounded the Channi government and said, “The third SIT has been formed in 6 months, but till now no charge sheet has been filed in the 2015 sacrilege case. The ethics of the authority is now in question. And on the post of DGP, such people have been appointed who have cheated Punjab. One has given a clean chit to Sukhbir Badal, and the other has given blanket bail to former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini. I stand with Punjab.” Sidhu’s encircling the Channi government in this way can prove to be another weapon for the opposition to surround the Congress.

Earlier, when Sidhu had resigned from the post of state president, a week after his resignation, a video surfaced in which Sidhu said that Channi would drown Congress’s loot in 2022. After this, when Charanjit Singh Channi had made a big announcement regarding the price of electricity, Sidhu had said without naming that ‘Those who are saying that the treasury of Punjab is not empty, they are lying.’ After this statement of Sidhu, everyone’s bitterness about Channi was visible to everyone.

What is blasphemy?

The sacrilege case is five and a half years old. In the year 2015, on 1 June, the holy form (copy) of Sri Guru Granth Sahib was stolen from Gurdwara Sahib located in village Burj Jawahar Singh Wala, about 5 km from Bargadi, Punjab. After this, on 25 September 2015, two hand-written posters in the Punjabi language were found near Gurdwara Sahib of Bargadi. The poster used abusive language and threatened that the holy Guru Granth Sahib would be thrown on the streets. It was also written that Dera’s hand was involved in the theft of holy forms of Sri Guru Granth Sahib.

Only 17 days after this incident, on 12 October, people who went to the gurudwara to bow their heads found the pages of the holy form of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the nearby drains and on the road. Before any action was taken on this matter, the leaders of Sikh organizations protested at the main square of Bargadi and Kotkapura and action. They arrested those who sabotaged the Guru Granth Sahib from different parts of Punjab by many Sikhs.

On 14 October 2015, Punjab Police opened fire to control a protesting mob at village Behbal Kalan on Kotkapura Chowk and Kotkapura Bathinda Road. Two people were killed, and dozens were injured. At that time, Sumedh Saini was the head of the police force, due to which he came into the dock. Still, the Supreme Court considered the matter of political conspiracy against Saini in this case and stayed the possible arrest of Saini. This matter remains a headache for Punjab even today. Using this matter as a weapon, Sidhu removed Amarinder Singh from the CM’s chair and insisted on making his loyal Channi the CM.

Sidhu gets irritated if Channi doesn’t become a puppet

Navjot Singh Sidhu was against former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh from the beginning as he could not run his own in power. Since Sidhu was close to former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, he tried hard to remove Amarinder from the Punjab CM’s chair, with Charanjit Singh Channi supporting him. After the resignation of Captain Amarinder Singh, Sidhu wanted to become the Chief Minister of the state, but Sidhu’s love for Pakistan ruined everything he did. Amarinder Singh opened a front against Sidhu. The Congress High Command first decided to make Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa the Chief Minister, but Sidhu had something else in mind. To persuade the angry Navjot Singh Sidhu, the party-appointed his close aide Charanjit Singh Channi as the new Chief Minister of Punjab. Sidhu felt that he would play his political gamble by placing a gun on Channi’s shoulder. Channi wants to prove himself as a better CM, so Channi refuses to be a puppet and takes decisions that Sidhu does not like. AG and DGP are also part of it, after which Sidhu opened the front against Channi.

Sidhu’s eyes on the chair

Navjot Singh Sidhu had resigned from the post of State Congress President in protest against Channi’s decision. Now taking back this resignation, Sidhu has given an ultimatum. Sidhu has said that he will not return until top public prosecutor APS Deol is removed. Navjot Singh Sidhu wanted to pressure the Congress high command by resigning and showing his strength to Charanjit Singh Channi, but the Congress high command did not take any risk as the elections were near. Ultimately Sidhu was forced to withdraw his resignation.

Navjot Singh Sidhu has his eyes set on the chair of Punjab, but his friendship with Imran Khan and his attachment to Bajwa has worked to sabotage his dreams. Navjot Singh Sidhu is trying hard to strengthen his claim for the post of Chief Minister of Punjab, and he sees Charanjit Singh Channi as the biggest hurdle.

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