HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The claims came forth while Kejriwal was addressing a press conference in Punjab
  • Kejriwal saluted Sidhu for expressing the truth of Channi govt
  • Taking a jab at the Congress, the Delhi CM said that the party was curtailing Sidhu’s voice

On Tuesday, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal extended a hand of support to Navjot Singh Sidhu, over his exposition of the false hopes given by the Punjab government under Charanjit Singh Channi. While delivering his statement in a Punjab press conference, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said, “yesterday, chief minister Channi claimed his government has ended the sand mafia and reduced the price of the sand. Immediately, Mr. Sidhu said this information was wrong. He highlighted that the sand mafia is still operating. I salute his courage.” The Delhi CM took a jab at the Congress government with the claim that Sidhu’s voice was being suppressed by the party.

Kejriwal claimed that it was Sidhu himself who exposed the lies of Channi. He further said, “He (Sidhu) is raising people-centric issues but the entire Congress party is trying to suppress his voice. First, it was Captain (Amarinder Singh), now it’s Channi.” CM Kejriwal emphasized several issues which included the construction of mohalla clinics, providing free electricity, and said that Channi has failed to fulfill these promises.

Earlier in April this year, Sidhu was considered an “opportunist” by Captain Amarinder Singh. Singh also claimed that Sidhu was capable of joining the AAP amid the assembly elections. However, Sidhu was attacked by AAP after he took the chair as the Congress chief. A political hubbub continues in poll-bound Punjab, with Amarinder Singh resigning as the CM over a tussle with Sidhu.

Both the leaders have hurled lampoons at each other, with Amarinder calling Sidhu a Pakistan ally and Sidhu attacking the former by stating him to be a BJP loyalist. After Amarinder was replaced by Channi in the post, the former BJP Rajya Sabha MP attacked Charanjit over the latest appointments. After a prolonged inner-party fight, Sidhu resigned as the Congress chief.

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