Asserting that he has a clear future roadmap (while the Punjab Congress government does not) in the run-up to the Punjab assembly election, PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu today reiterated that this time the people of Punjab would elect their chief minister based on the futuristic agenda for the state.
Addressing the press conference, Sidhu said Punjab is not the property of an individual — in as close as an attack on Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s person as it gets.
Launching the basic income agenda of his Punjab model, Sidhu clarified that it was not a war against any individual but a fight for the benefit of Punjab with a revenue-based model.
Evading the question on the tussle between him and Chief Minister Channi, the PPCC chief said his assertions about the agenda had the approval of the Punjab affairs general secretary in the INC. The banner in the background during Sidhu’s press conferences, however, had pictures of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Navjot Sidhu. The pictures of Charanjit Channi and Sunil Jakhar were not seen.
“The people of Punjab will decide who will be the chief minister. Who told you that the (INC) high command will make the chief minister? Don’t have any false implication in your mind that the high command will decide Punjab chief minister candidate from the INC. The people of Punjab will decide the MLAs and the people of Punjab will decide their chief minister,” Sidhu told reporters.
“If Channi has shown intent to run the government in 111 days, I am talking about policymaking for the next five years. There should be no confusion and false implications,” he said.
Talking about his model, Sidhu talked about setting up a liquor corporation, a mining corporation, a transport corporation, a cable corporation and a river water corporation to boost state revenue and check revenue pilferage.
Sidhu said that these initiatives would revive the state’s financial resources and curb revenue pilferages in the coming five years if the INC were to retain power.
Sidhu stressed that his ‘Punjab Model 2022’ will generate not only employment but also revenue.
It’s a four-pronged contest in Punjab this year, with the Aam Aadmi Party emerging as a strong contender to become the single largest party. The others in the fray are Congress, the Shiromani Akali Dal, and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s alliance with Captain Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress.
The 2022 Punjab assembly elections will be conducted on 14 February while the counting of votes will be done on 10 March.