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As aide quits, Navjot Singh Sidhu warns Congress: Will hit back if shackled

Chandigarh, August 28 (KMS): Although Navjot Singh Sidhu’s adviser Malvinder Singh Mali resigned, but the Punjab Congress chief issued a veiled ultimatum to the party high command, declaring he would fight attempts to deny him the freedom to take decisions that were good for the state.

Speaking at a function organised by the Trader and Industrial Association of Amritsar, Sidhu said, “I have never made compromises. I have told the party high command that if I fulfill promises and deliver on the hopes of people, I will ensure the rule of the Congress in Punjab for the next 20 years.”

“Par je tusi manu nirnay nahin lain deyonge taan main itt naal itt kharka du. (But if you do not allow me to take decisions, I will hit back strongly.) There is no point in being a decorated horse.”

Asked for a reaction to Sidhu’s remark, Congress general secretary in charge of the state Harish Rawat said he would comment only after he had studied the context in which the statement was made.

“But I must say that he is our honourable PPCC (Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee) chief, and if a PPCC chief does not have the right to take decisions, who does?” Rawat said in Delhi.

Earlier in the day, Mali posted a statement on social media, announcing he had quit as Sidhu’s adviser. He warned that if anything untoward happened to him, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders Bikram Singh Majithia and Sukhbir Singh Badal, Congress minister Vijay Inder Singla, Congress MP Manish Tewari, BJP leader Subhash Sharma, and Aam Aadmi Party leaders Jarnail Singh and Raghav Chadha would be responsible. These leaders had criticised his posts including his statements on Kashmir and the Taliban. Mali had, however, refused to withdraw the posts.

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