Former Punjab congressman Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday reacted sharply to the dismissal of his colleague Sunil Jakhar, saying all differences at the table could be resolved. Taking to Twitter, Sidhu described Jakhar as an ‘asset’ and said: “Congress should not lose Sunil K Jakhar … (he) is an asset worth its weight in gold …. All differences can be resolved on the table. “
Earlier today, Jakhar dropped a bomb, announcing in a Facebook Live post that he had stopped. Jakhar, who had also served as president of the party’s Punjab unit, said: “It’s my gift for saying goodbye to the party … Good luck and see you in Congress.”
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He said congressional leaders sitting in Delhi ‘destroyed the party in Punjab’ and senior leader Ambika Soni’s statement blamed the ‘consequences of having a Hindu prime minister’ for the party’s disastrous performance in the February-March elections.
Jakhar, however, praised Rahul Gandhi, urging him to regain control of the party (Gandhi was president of Congress but stopped after poor results in the 2019 general election) and distance from sycophants.
Before his Facebook Live, Jakhar removed all congressional references from his social media actions.
Jakhar was among the forerunners for Punjab’s prime minister last year after Amarinder Singh left his post and party after a massive quarrel with Sidhu. However, the GOP chose Charanjit Singh Channi after Ambika Soni, to whom the post was offered, suggested that a Sikh face should be CM.
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Earlier, Jakhar had also criticized Channi, calling him a ‘liability’ and blaming him for the loss.
In April, Congress removed Sunil Jakhar from all party positions for alleged anti-party activities.
Jakhar was furious about the party because he had given him an announcement for the show on April 11th.
However, he chose not to respond to the congressional disciplinary panel.
His resignation comes as the Chintan Shivir of Congress in Rajasthan enters his second day.