Ex Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday evening launched a searing attack on rival Navjot Sidhu in a letter announcing his resignation from the Congress, calling the former cricketer “an acolyte of the Pakistani deep state” and “a person of unstable mind”.
Amarinder Singh slammed Mr Sidhu – against whom he waged a bitter and very public feud that eventually led to his resignation from the chief minister’s post in September – for “using the filthiest and most vile language against me, both publicly and privately”.
“Sidhu’s only claim to fame was that he would abuse me and my government on a regular basis. I am old enough to be his father but that did not stop him from using the filthiest and most vile language against me, both publicly and privately,” the Captain wrote in a seven-page resignation letter.
Mr Singh – who also said his new party will be called Punjab Lok Congress (pending approval by the Election Commission) – reminded Congress chief Sonia Gandhi that he had warned her against backing Navjot Sidhu and making him President of the party’s state unit.
He will, therefore, be at the forefront of the Congress’ planning for next year’s Assembly election.
“Despite my profound reservations and over the unanimous advice of almost all the MPs from Punjab, you chose to appoint an acolyte of the Pakistani deep state – Navjot Sidhu – who had publicly hugged the Pakistan Army Chief General (Qamar Javed) Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan, as President of the Punjab Congress Committee…” Mr Singh wrote.
“Khan and Bajwa are responsible for sending terrorists across the border to kill Indians…” he continued, pointing that 82 Punjabi soldiers had died in J&K since he became Chief Minister in 2017.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 2, 2021
The Captain also ripped into his (now) former party’s support for Mr Sidhu, singling out Mrs Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (although the latter two not by name).
“I told you at the time that Sidhu is a person of unstable mind, and you will one day regret this decision… I am sure you must be regretting it now…” he said.
The reference was to the elevation of Mr Sidhu to the post of Punjab Congress chief, which was made despite objections by Amarinder Singh.
Mr Sidhu was given the post after a series of sulks and tantrums, and as the party scrambled to contain a growing leadership crisis ahead of next year’s elections.
A furious Amarinder Singh then said that he hoped no other senior Congress leader would be “subjected to the ignominy that I was put through…”