Former Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has mentioned that he’s not working after any submit in Congress however confused that he was additionally “not a showpiece” which can be utilized to win elections after which “egocentric vested pursuits” can override the pursuits of the state.
In an interview to The Indian Categorical at his Patiala residence, the senior Congress chief, who has taken on Chief Minister Capt Amarinder on a number of points, mentioned that he was prepared to turn out to be a zila parishad member within the state, not to mention a Deputy CM or the PPCC president, and stroll behind the Chief Minister if his (Sidhu’s) agenda for the event of Punjab was adopted.
“I’m not a showpiece that you’ll take me out campaigning, win the elections after which preserve me again within the almirah. In order that I can see the way you do mining, the way you do that, the way you do this. And egocentric vested pursuits overriding the pursuits of the state. That is insufferable for me,” mentioned Sidhu.
Sidhu mentioned he began his struggle towards the “system” working the state from the very first Cupboard assembly. “This method is managed, manipulated and designed by two highly effective households. They’re those who management this technique. They’ve belittled the legislature. The legislature is at all times accountable to the individuals. The individuals selected ministers and MLAs, they voted for them. They didn’t vote for an officer. However while you make the system accountable to an officer you’ve gotten belittled the legislature. Why? To manage. The facility of the individuals doesn’t return and is restricted to some,” he mentioned.
Referring to the ‘system’ all through the interview, even when he spoke about his conferences with Capt Amarinder, Sidhu mentioned that crimson herrings had been being floated about conferences being held in Delhi with the excessive command and posts being supplied to him. No assembly with the social gathering excessive command is scheduled within the coming days, he mentioned.
“There have been so many presents however I’ve rejected all. As a result of does that matter? They’ve made it about posts saying this submit can be supplied, that energy can be supplied. Is it about posts? It’s about an agenda, a couple of roadmap about how Punjab can be resurrected to its glory. You fulfil it, I’ll stroll behind you. With out a submit I’ll be just right for you 24×7. But when you don’t fulfil this then I’ll do it. I’ll take it to the individuals, by way of the individuals, by the individuals, for the individuals. I’ll get that energy from the individuals. I’ll struggle. My stand could be very clear. I feel 200 instances earlier than I take a stand, however as soon as I take a stand I don’t flinch nor again an inch,” Sidhu mentioned.
When requested if he’ll take this stand inside Congress or out of it, Sidhu mentioned this was not a degree to be debated.
“Hear, this isn’t a problem. Those that know me, those that know what I stand for. Those that know my character know the reality. These little video games which can be performed…zikr ussi ka hota hai jiski fikr hoti hai. Have I reacted? As a result of I do know that is only a diversion. They’re diverting from the true points. The actual challenge is the revenue of the state, jobs, farmers, options, how one can profit individuals,” he mentioned.
Navjot Sidhu mentioned that makes an attempt had additionally been made to ship him out of Punjab and make him the face of Congress in Delhi, however he refused.
“When ‘system’ noticed that I used to be not listening to them then an try was made to ship me to Delhi as face of the social gathering. I had left I&B ministry and Rajya Sabha (when in BJP) however I didn’t depart Amritsar. These individuals used to consider these strikes from right here in Punjab. I mentioned ‘no’ after which the ‘system’ invitations me for tea. ‘Come have tea, son. Take this, take that. I mentioned, no dialogue sir. No. Then ‘system’ referred to as me for lunch. If I can’t do any welfare for the individuals, if I can’t change their lives then there isn’t any submit that issues. Should you fulfil this agenda then I’ll stroll behind you. You give me a zila parishad submit I’ll settle for that too,” mentioned Sidhu.
Referring to the way during which he joined Congress earlier than the 2017 meeting polls, Sidhu mentioned that Prashant Kishore had met him greater than 50 instances to persuade him to hitch Congress in order that the social gathering might win the elections.
“Prashant Kishore got here to me greater than 50 instances from November 2016 to Jan 2017. I advised him I’m not coming. Due to Priyanka ji and Bhai Rahul Gandhi) I despatched my spouse to hitch the social gathering. As a result of my father served Congress for 40 years I didn’t refuse them. I used to be advised it’s important to be a part of, else the federal government won’t get fashioned. We won’t get greater than 40 seats. I advised him that I’ve an agenda, boss. The welfare of the individuals of Punjab is the one precedence. Politics was not a occupation for me. Mera koi dhanda nahi hai kitte vee Punjab vich (I’ve no enterprise anyplace in Punjab). I used to be incomes Rs 20-30 crores a 12 months. I left that and got here as a result of that is the aim of my life. The mission shouldn’t be a occupation. You can not keep out of the system and attempt to cleanse it,” mentioned Sidhu.
The Congress chief mentioned that his quite a few proposals to cleanse the polity of Punjab by curbing liquor mafia, sand mafia, cable mafia and transport mafia had been all negated by the ‘system’.
“So the struggle began within the very first cupboard assembly. I gave them a proposal that sir, let’s have a brand new liquor coverage. Let’s earn round Rs 20,000 crore minimal. Let’s intention large. The system mentioned no. I mentioned why implement the pay fee within the final six months. Implement it now. Give kids jobs, why eat away the treasure of Punjab and why take loans to pay loans, why egocentric pursuits ought to govern. The system mentioned no,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he raised the difficulty of upper taxes for non-air conditioned buses run by the state authorities and decrease taxes for Volvo buses run by Badals. “Who can fathom such a factor? I mentioned let’s give permits to kids. Curb this. The system mentioned no. I gave them a imaginative and prescient of e-governance in my division to root out corruption. I introduced an commercial coverage to earn extra income. The system mentioned no,” he mentioned.
Sidhu alleged that every one improvement works that he had delivered to town of Amritsar, from the place he’s an MLA and has been a 3 time MP, had been stopped by the current state authorities.
“They stopped all improvement tasks in Amritsar. Initiatives which I had introduced from beneath the nostril of Badals by sitting on starvation strike though Jaitley ji suggested me towards doing so. In a single day Badal was compelled to sanction the tasks. However all of the work price Rs 150 crores was stalled by this authorities in order that Sidhu doesn’t get the credit score,” he mentioned.
When requested if he had raised these points with the three-member committee arrange by Congress in New Delhi, Sidhu mentioned he had.
“That is the one factor that I talked about within the committee. The betrayal is the one factor that I talked about. Nobody can query me on this as a result of I raised this from the primary cupboard assembly. I’ve raised it in rallies too. Navjot Singh Sidhu won’t change his stance. It’s a quite simple factor. You fulfil this agenda, no submit is required. If you don’t I’ll take it up with you. In the end we’re accountable to individuals,” he mentioned.
On the difficulty of the brand new SIT fashioned by the state authorities to look into the incidents of desecration of Guru Granth Sahib within the state in 2015, Sidhu mentioned this was being carried out now solely as a result of the “chair” was at risk.
“What was the necessity for SIT? You weakened the proof. You have a look at the deliberate mechanism. Even Kumbhkaran received up in six months. We lowered Akalis to the bottom ever variety of seats, and broke Panthic votes. Ought to we’ve got acted on this challenge within the first six months after we got here to energy or the final six months when your chair is at risk? It isn’t about SIT, it’s about intent. Why are you defending them? Why are you not reviewing energy buy agreements? The state will lose Rs 60,000 crores in coming years. What’s the drawback?” he questioned.
Sidhu mentioned that he determined to take issues in his personal fingers after each proposal of his for reforms within the state was met with a convincing ‘no’.
“When the ‘system’ mentioned no then I mentioned alright. Now I’ll get you. The ‘system’ put a board outdoors my workplace, ‘Minister of Energy and Renewable Power’. I mentioned the system, which rejected each proposal of mine for the state’s welfare and the individuals, I’ll reject that system. I mentioned no,”Sidhu mentioned.
When requested what his future agenda is, Sidhu mentioned his agenda was welfare of the state.
“My agenda is simply the welfare of Punjab. The resurrection of the individuals of Punjab. So I went again residence. Introspected, meditated. Individuals thought I used to be sitting at residence. I used to be working day in, day trip. And out of that manthan I received all of the solutions. Punjab doesn’t want the Gujarat mannequin, Punjab doesn’t want the Delhi mannequin. Punjab wants a pure Punjab mannequin. I’ve that mannequin. It’s impressed by Guru Nanak’s philosophy.
“You might be giving jobs to wards of MLAs…Are you honouring benefit? The bane of society is that you’re not honouring benefit. Is your energy reaching the final man within the queue, the needy who doesn’t have an incomes hand or is it reaching the primary in queue, the privileged class?” he requested.
Sidhu added that his son gave up the submit of Assistant Advocate Basic on the day it was introduced. “My spouse rejected the submit of Chairperson of warehousing Company with cupboard rank. If a submit was a matter of concern, then I might have taken the I&B ministry, no? I might have been a 3rd time minister,” he mentioned.
Responding to a query on how the system can be modified, Sidhu mentioned the individuals will do it. “The individuals will change it. What’s mafia? It’s covert operations. One man with braveness makes a majority. Simply see how many individuals agree with me now. Inform us how are you going to present jobs? The query is who do the individuals consider in? Ask the individuals. Then wherever one is doesn’t matter. What issues is what you stand for. Points matter. The actual points usually are not raised. Did I be a part of the Congress or a person? I joined at whose behest? I’m nonetheless accountable to them. Have I flinched? The entire world is aware of who’s my boss,” mentioned Sidhu.