Contrasting messages emerged from the 50-minute-long assembly between Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann and Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on the secretariat on Monday amid intense media glare.
Sidhu, true to his fashion, termed the meet a “new milestone in Punjab politics the place the ruling get together and the opposition can work collectively to rebuild the state”. He didn’t simply deal with the media however tweeted as nicely.
Most constructive 50 minutes spent… Reiterated the professional Punjab agenda that I’ve stood for years… Talked about means to generate earnings, it’s the one answer to finish Punjab’s drawback… CM @BhagwantMann was very receptive… Assured that he’ll ship on individuals’s aspirations… pic.twitter.com/BH77c1QFNX— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) May 9, 2022
In distinction, neither Mann nor his ministers spoke a lot in regards to the assembly. Even off the file, get together sources stated that not a lot ought to be learn into it.
Curiously, barely minutes earlier than the assembly, transport minister Laljit Singh Bhullar appeared to ridicule Sidhu. “Our CM is such a large-hearted man that he even agreed to satisfy Sidhu, haara hoya, nakaara hoya aam aadmi (a defeated non-entity), who isn’t even a minister, MLA, or an MP. Simply see the distinction… Through the Congress and earlier than them in Akali rule, they might not give time to any AAP chief. However our CM doesn’t present any vanity,” stated Bhullar.
He even took a dig at Sidhu’s get together, referring to the messages emanating from his colleagues. “His get together colleagues have give you imprecise statements. Some say he sought time from CM, others say CM known as Sidhu and nonetheless others say that Sidhu approached the Punjab governor, who in flip forwarded Sidhu’s letter to the CM and urged a gathering between the 2. They need to at the least be constant once they speak of the assembly,” he stated.
Opposite to this, Sidhu was all reward for Mann. “Mann has not modified in any respect after he has turn out to be the chief minister. He was humble and listened to my ideas,” stated the Congress chief after the assembly.
Curiously, Sidhu didn’t let go of an opportunity to once more hit out on the Congress and his get together colleagues, when he stated that one minister who he wished to behave in opposition to these encroaching on authorities lands was himself responsible of it.
Sources stated that given the contrasting indicators it appeared extremely unlikely that the previous state Congress chief was headed in direction of Arvind Kejriwal’s get together amid studies of Congress weighing choices of taking disciplinary motion in opposition to him.