Congress general secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Punjab Harish Rawat on Friday warned the central government not to try to topple the majority government in Punjab. He also said that the talks between Congress leader Navjot Sidhu and Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi have progressed. At the same time, Rawat has advised Amarinder Singh not to become a mask of BJP. Let us tell you that the way Captain has met with Amit Shah, PM Modi and NSA Ajit Doval, a period of speculation has started in the politics of Punjab.
At a press conference here, Rawat said Channi is the Dalit chief minister and all parties should cooperate with him. Harish Rawat said, ‘But I warn the BJP central government not to try to topple the majority government of Punjab. Rawat’s warning comes at a time when former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh met Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently.
He said that the Punjab government is taking many good steps in which 300 units of electricity will be given free of cost to every family. Apart from this, the control on sand will also be removed. Asked about the tussle between Punjab Chief Minister Channi and Sidhu, he said some solution would be found to the problem and talks between the two leaders had progressed in a positive manner. Rawat cautioned Amarinder Singh not to become a mask of the BJP. He said he was shocked by the Captain’s statement in which he spoke of his “insult”.
“It was expected from Amarinder Singh that he would give strength to Congress and Sonia ji in challenging times,” he said. He said that he has been associated with Congress since 1980 and has been President of Punjab Congress thrice and Chief Minister twice. “Before speaking of insults, he (Amarinder Singh) should have compared Congress leaders who got very little from him,” he said. Rawat said that the meeting of the Congress Legislature Party was called after 43 MLAs started showing rebellious attitude against Captain and he himself had informed Amarinder Singh about this meeting.
Expressing apprehension in this regard, he said that Amarinder is not giving such statements under any pressure. He also cautioned the Captain not to fall in the trap of BJP. However, when asked whether the Congress would make any effort to bring back Amarinder Singh, Rawat refused to comment on the issue.