Navjot Singh Sidhu, in a cryptic tweet, said he has “given the right to reply to time”.
Days after Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Chaudhary sought disciplinary action against party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former state Congress chief issued a cryptic tweet today, saying he has “given the right to reply to time”.
Though he didn’t give any context to his tweet, it is being seen as a response to Mr Chaudhary’s letter to party president Sonia Gandhi seeking action against Mr Sidhu for trying to “portray himself above the party”.
“I often listen to talks against me in silence… I have given the right to reply to time,” Mr Sidhu said in a tweet in Hindi.
In the letter dated April 23, which surfaced on Monday, Mr Chaudhary had also forwarded a detailed note by Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring regarding Navjot Sidhu’s “current activities”.
Mr Chaudhary had noted in the letter that Mr Sidhu relentlessly criticised the previous Congress government despite being asked not to do so.
Mr Chaudhary had also mentioned that during the ceremony to install Mr Warring as Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu had come to the state party headquarters, but did not share the stage with other leaders.
It was “inexcusable”, according to Mr Chaudhary.
In his note, Mr Warring was learnt to have highlighted Sidhu’s “parallel activities” and his recent meetings with expelled leaders including former MLAs Surjit Singh Dhiman and Kewal Dhillon.
Mr Warring had on Monday refused to make any comment on the letter but asserted everybody has to be in discipline.
The demand for action against Navjot Sidhu came also after his tweet wishing the best to poll strategist Prashant Kishor who had hinted at making a fresh beginning from his home state Bihar.
“The first blow is half the battle my friend. A good beginning always makes a good ending Best always in your sincere efforts to honour the spirit of our Constitution. The power of people must return to the people’, manifold,” Mr Sidhu had said in a tweet.
He had also put out a picture of him with Kishor the day the poll strategist declined the Congress offer to join the party.
Following the party’s drubbing in the five states that went to polls earlier this year, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had asked the party chiefs there to resign.
The Congress appointed Mr Warring in place of Mr Sidhu.
For months before the elections, Navjot Sidhu had been questioning the leadership of the then chief minister Amarinder Singh. He also directed barbs at his own party’s Charanjit Singh Channi, who took over as the CM ahead of the elections.
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