A meeting between Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann and former BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday ended with contrasting messages emerging. While the CM’s office released a press statement saying the two leaders discussed various issues and promised to hold more meetings in future, Sidhu claimed that they were yet to set the date for his formal entry into the Congress party. The AAP called it an “insider meeting”.
Amid intense media spotlight, Navjot Singh Sidhu met with Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday to discuss his possible role in the SAD-BJP government. While Sidhu praised the state CM and said that they “talked about being brothers and Punjabis first,” AAP slammed Sidhu for his meeting and accused him of “making a fool of Punjabis.” In contrast to these messages, Sidhu later appeared before the press and told reporters that he was considering all options but had decided to not join any party at this time.
In a meeting that was as much political as it was personal, Navjot Singh Sidhu met his former party colleague Bhagwant Mann at the secretariat on Monday morning and called upon him to “rise above” the differences between the two parties over various issues.
Sidhu praised Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann for his initiatives towards development of Punjab, but the five-time Amritsar MP took a swipe at him for continuous absence from the state. “He is a very good human being and a hard worker. It is good to work under him,” Sidhu told reporters after their first meeting since the former TV star joined the Congress ahead of Lok Sabha polls.
In an apparent contradiction, Navjot Singh Sidhu continued to attack the Punjab chief minister via Facebook post hours after an hour-long meeting with him. In a statement posted by the state Congress vice president on Facebook, Sidhu called the Akali leader a “mad king”.
Sidhu praised the CM for his initiatives for the state, but Mann said Sidhu must stay away from AAP. Sidhu said he received positive vibes from the meeting and will attend a rally of the Congress on April 15 in Amritsar, while Mann said he was ready to welcome him again.