PUNJAB Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu has sought a meeting with party President Sonia Gandhi, flagging in his letter issues which the Government “must deliver upon” and saying it is the poll-bound State’s “last chance for resurrection and redemption”. In the letter to the Congress President on October 15, a day after he had meetings with senior party leaders in Delhi, Sidhu pitched for a “Punjab Model with a 13-Point Agenda to be part of the Congress manifesto for the 2022 Assembly Elections”. Days after resigning as Punjab Congress chief, Sidhu had on October 15 said his concerns have been resolved and the party asserted that he will continue as the head of the state unit.
The resolution came after the cricketer-turned-politician met Rahul Gandhi and raised his concerns. Sidhu’s letter, which he put in the public domain by posting on Twitter, indicates that he is still not satisfied with Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi-led Government over its handling of key issues which he has been raising in the recent past. The letter to Sonia Gandhi reminded her of the party’s 18-point agenda “given to the last Chief Minister” of Punjab and said that those were “equally relevant today”.
“Today, I write to your esteemed self with priority areas among the 18-point agenda of the 2017 campaign and the manifesto promises which the state government must deliver upon,” said Sidhu in the letter where he did not put his designation as the State Congress chief. He said the people of Punjab demand justice for the 2015 police firing at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan in Faridkot following the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib during the previous SAD-BJP regime. On the drugs issue, the Punjab Congress chief said, “The big fish mentioned in the STF report must be immediately arrested and given exemplary punishment.” He also wrote that the State Government must reject the “three black farm laws” of the Centre “by announcing that they will not be implemented in Punjab at any cost”. The State Government must release a white paper on power purchase agreements and cancellation of “all faulty PPAs as promised by us”, Sidhu said in the letter. He also batted for more representation to the Dalits and Backward Classes in the State Cabinet.