Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today asked over rated comedian turned Congressman Navjot Singh Sidhu to come clean and tell Punjabis why he was trying to befool them into voting for the Congress twenty days before the assembly elections after going missing from Punjab since seven months.
In a statement here, Mr Badal said Sidhu had earlier claimed while leaving the BJP that the akalis did not let him enter Punjab. “Now please tell the people what stopped you from entering Punjab and meeting Punjabis after resigning from the Rajya Sabha seven months back? It’s obvious your commercial interests in Mumbai were more important to you than the people of Punjab. Even now you have waited till the last minute to stake a claim in Punjab politics. What can be termed as bigger opportunism than this?” he asked.
Terming Sidhu as a first class opportunist and carpet bagger, Mr Badal said it was obvious that the fomer comedian’s ambition had got the better of him. “This is why he stabbed his former self acclaimed guru Arun Jaitely in the back by opposing the latter’s candidature from Amritsar”. He said Sidhu left the BJP for the same reason when it was made apparent to him by the BJP that he would not be anointed as its undisputed leader in Punjab.
The SAD president said lately like fellow comedian Bhagwant Mann, Sidhu had also started nurturing ambitions of becoming the chief minister of the State. “This is why he held protracted negotiations with both Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress before joining the latter today. AAP had promised the Deputy CM’s chair to Sidhu. It is obvious he has been given a better deal by Rahul Gandhi”, he added.
Terming the development as a non-event, the SAD president said the Congress would soon realize the comedian’s real worth. “Except for eliciting a few laughs like Bhagwant Mann, he has no other role to play in the elections. The Congress would have been better served if it had hired a popular comedian. I say this because Sidhu’s arrogant behavior and ego will spell doom for the Congress in the Majha region. All the seats in Amritsar as good as lost to the Congress as Congressmen will never accept someone who had heaped scorn and abuse at them till a short while ago”,
Mr Badal also urged Punjabis to evaluate Sidhu’s behavior and past record and decide whether he could be trusted with their vote or support ever again. “This man has taken more turns than any cricket pitch in the world. From singing praises to the SAD-BJP combine, he has courted the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and has now landed on the lap of the most hated Congress party. His shelf life in the Congress is also likely to be very short”, the SAD president added.