Asks Akalis to keep out Sidhu affair as it was not their concern
Mohali, April 16, 2018: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday dismissed reports of differences with PPCC president Sunil Jakhar as a media creation, even as he declared that the Navjot Singh Sidhu case was none of the Akalis’ business and they should stay out of it.
In an informal chat with mediapersons after flagging off a fleet of nine new ambulances here, the Chief Minister lauded Rajya Sabha MP Ambika Soni’s initiative in procuring these ambulances under the MPLADS Fund and urged other members of Parliament to follow suit.
Responding to questions, the Chief Minister said there were absolutely no problems between him and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar. It was the creation of the media, which had blown out of proportion a small incident in which Jakhar had left without meeting him because he had to go somewhere else, said Captain Amarinder Singh.
Once again ruling out the need for Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to quit over the Supreme Court proceedings in the road rage case against him, Captain Amarinder Singh said the situation did not warrant Sidhu’s resignation. He lambasted the Akalis for seeking his resignation, asking them to keep out of the affair, which was nothing to do with them.
In reply to a query on the Phagwara clash, the Chief Minister said the situation was completely under control. While some of the culprits responsible for the violence that took place on Ambedkar Jayanti were already in custody, the others would also soon be arrested, he said.
There was no law and order problem there now, said Captain Amarinder Singh, asserting that his government would not allow anyone to disturb the state’s peace and communal harmony. Strict action would be taken elements trying to trigger any kind of disturbance in the state, he added.
Earlier, speaking at the flag-off event, the Chief Minister said a Chinese company had expressed interest in setting up a mobile handset manufacturing unit in Mohali, which was emerging as a major industrial and IT hub. He expressed satisfaction at the positive response received by his government from industry and investors not just from within the country but also from other parts of the world.