Even after Wednesday’s crucial tea meeting that went on for nearly 50 minutes between Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and his bête noire Navjot Singh Sidhu, the possibility of latter’s reinduction into the state cabinet continue to remain uncertain.
The cricketer-turned-politician, Sidhu, who had resigned from the Punjab cabinet in 2019 after being removed from a key portfolio, had met Amarinder Singh at latter’s farmhouse in Mohali.
“It was a good meeting. We have a cordial relation and I am waiting for him to reply. I am sure he will decide on what is in favour of the party and the state,” said Amarinder Singh on being asked about the meeting. He added that he had known Sidhu for decades now and he will do what is good for the party and the state.
“As far as the Congress is concerned, the party wants him back fast and play an active role for the benefit of the party and the state,” the Chief Minister said.
Though he refused to dwell further on the matter but his statement clearly indicated that an offer for rejoining the cabinet had been offered to Sidhu and now it was on him to respond. According to sources aware of development, the delay from Sidhu could be on account of his expectation to get a better deal than just a cabinet berth. “If he was to take the same role why did he leave it in the first place only. He would not have resigned only if getting a cabinet berth was the only interest,” said a Congress leader.
Sidhu, on his part continued to remain incommunicado to the media, though he continued to send out cryptic tweets.
तिनके से हल्की रुई , रुई से हल्का माँगने वाला आदमी ….. न अपने लिए माँगा था , न माँगा है और न माँगूँगा ..!— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) March 18, 2021
Meanwhile, speaking about other dissenters in Congress like Rajya Sabha members Partap Sigh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo, the Chief Minister said for the benefit of the party they should leave their personal interests and work in favour of the party and state.