Deccan Chronicle

New trouble brews in Punjab Congress


Fresh trouble is once again brewing in the Punjab Congress. The state’s deputy chief minister and home minister, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, on Monday said he was ready to give up the home portfolio to state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu if the latter so wishes.

“Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu has been upset with me ever since I became the home minister. If Sidhu wants the home ministry, then I will put it at his feet in a minute,” he said.

Randhawa, as state home minister, had categorica­lly stated that Akali Dal MLA and former minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who is an accused in the drug case, is not in Punjab. Majithia is also the brother-in-law of top Akali leader and former deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Randhawa said: “As per my informatio­n, Bikram Singh Majithia is not in Punjab. These are fake videos and pictures. If Bikram Singh Majithia is seen anywhere in Punjab, we will immediatel­y arrest him. Our teams are searching for him. He is inside the country because he does not have security from any of the government­s. So, saying that the police has the informatio­n is false. The charges which have been slapped against him are very grave.”

The Punjab Congress has been in a state of ferment for the past several months. Reports indicate that Sidhu is unhappy as many suggestion­s sent by him to the state government are not being followed in totality. Former state party chief Sunil Jhakhar has been attacking the state unit while Lok Sabha MP Ravneet Singh Bittu has also been attacking the Pradesh Congress.

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