“I have told the high command that if you do not let me take decisions, I will not spare anyone (ent se ent baja dunga) … I do not want to be a showhorse,” Sidhu said in stern remarks amid tensions with Congress leadership.
“Decisions are required to be taken. No state can develop without industry. International trade should start. The people of Punjab are in despair. If I had to put my life on the line, I would not back down,” Sidhu said.
Sidhu’s statement comes in the backdrop of his adviser Malwinder Singh Mali quitting from the post after his controversial remarks on Kashmir following an ultimatum from the Congress leadership
Meanwhile, the Congress sought to play down the remarks, saying that state chiefs are free to take their decisions within the party’s norms and constitution.
“If state chief won’t take decisions, who will?” Punjab Congress in charge Harish Rawat remarked.
Rawat, however, warned Punjab leaders to avoid doing anything that gets misinterpreted in public.
“I will meet Sonia ji and Rahul ji tomorrow to apprise them about all the matter. Punjab leaders should act accordingly so that their actions and statements do not get misinterpreted. It will harm the party, especially Punjab Congress,” he said, in clear referenc to Mali’s controversial remarks.
Meanwhile, a number of MLAs and eight MPs attended a dinner in Chandigarh hosted by Amarinder Singh in a show of strength.
Sidhu and Singh have been at loggerheads and have been making public statements against each other.
Punjab is slated to go for assembly elections early next year.
(With inputs from agencies)