HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · Manish Tiwari’s disappointment was expressed ahead of the turmoil developing in the home states due to Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation as the Pradesh Congress Chief yesterday
  • · The Congress MP in his letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi expressed his concern over the social upheavals prevailing in Punjab and said that peace in the border state has been hard-won
  • · Mr. Tiwari, however, refused to comment on Sidhu’s actions and said that he was not in a position to do so

On Wednesday, Congress MP Manish Tiwari expressed his dismay in light of the tumultuous situation which has developed in the home states, ahead of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation from the post of Pradesh Congress president on Tuesday. The MP has maintained that in a border state like Punjab, which is already under pressure due to the farm laws determined by the central, such a political botch will only suffice to make Pakistan happy.

The 57-year-old former Pradesh Congress president resigned from his post yesterday, conveying his message of discontinuation to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. In his message, he has stated that he would not continue in his post and declared to the public that he would not compromise on Panjub’s welfare.

The dissent letter written by MP Tiwari to Sonia Gandhi states, “As a Punjab MP, I’m extremely distressed about happenings in Punjab. Peace in Punjab was extremely hard-won. (About) 25,000 people, most of them being Congressmen, sacrificed themselves to bring peace back to Punjab after fighting extremism and terrorism between 1980-1995.”

Mr. Tiwari further added that ensuring peace and stability in a border state like Punjab had a higher ideal than ministers holding on to their chairs and organizational positions, and expressed that the present situation of turmoil in Punjab was very unfortunate.

However, he has not agreed to give a statement on Sidhu’s latest actions, claiming that he was in no position to comment about it and the person concerned is the sole authority to clarify himself. The Lok Sabha MP from Anandpur Sahib has maintained, “Punjab is a border state, it’s going through intense social upheaval primarily because of angst in people against farm laws. Under those circumstances, if such shenanigans played themselves out in public space, it has serious implications on the stability of a border state.”

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