Chandigarh, Oct 19, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
Senior Congress leader and former Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had been keeping away not only from Party and Government meetings and functions but also from the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, Monday reached the Assembly to attend a Special 2-day Session of Vidhan Sabha convened to anull 3 farm laws passed by Parliament.
Sidhu had not attended any session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha after he quit as a minister on July 14, 2019. Sources said the former minister’s decision to attend the Special Session of Vidhan Sabha is significant as this would convey that he was with the farmers on the issue of Farm Laws. Sidhu last attended the Assembly session in February 2019.
The former minister today reached his associate and Jalandhar Cantt MLA Pargat Singh’s house here and thereafter both left for the Assembly scheduled to begin at 11.00 AM.
But Sidhu preferred not to exchange greetings with his bete noire and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in the Assembly complex. However, he was seen interacting briefly and exchanging pleasantries with his other party colleagues.
According to a Punjabi news channel News-18, Sidhu tried to enter the house from the entry point meant for ministers but was denied entry and asked to proceed to the entry point meant for MLAs. He had to enter the house from the entry point meant for legislators. The channel also reported that Sidhu was seen sitting in the last row meant for legislators.
The Congress politician had resigned from the Cabinet on July 14, 2019 after differences with the Chief Minister over portfolio allocation. Sidhu was in charge of local bodies but was shifted to the Power Department.
Last month, Sidhu hit the streets of his hometown Amritsar to resume his connect with the people by launching a protest against the “black” farm laws passed by Parliament.
He had slammed the BJP-led central government over the three agricultural laws, saying they would ruin the farming community.
Earlier this month, Sidhu attended the ‘Kheti Bachao’ Rally in Moga town and was seated in the front row with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in the presence of the Chief Minister.
Ahead of the rally, party’s Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat had met him to pacify him after reports surfaced that he may leave the Congress.