Indeed, as Navjot Singh Sidhu had refused to quit unless, with the losing state Congress speakers of Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Manipur, he submitted his one-line relinquishment to Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday, and now rumors pullulate that he might return to showbiz or justice commentary.
Pride clash with the state Congress associates and his desire to run the show in a personalized manner with his own deputies and favorite functionaries caused disgruntlement in the unit. His nine months as state Congress chairman were wasted first in deposing Captain Amarinder Singh as top minister and also playing a game of one-upmanship with his relief, Charanjit Singh Channi, followed by projecting himself as Mr Fixit while continuing to deny it before the media.
The 2022 assembly choices shrunk the Congress to 18 seats in the 117- member House from 77 put on the scoreboard in 2017. The only solace was finishing second behind the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Losing his own Amritsar East seat to political neophyte Jeevan Jyot Kaur downgraded Sidhu’s celebrity value in the high command’s eyes. Launched in 2004 when the BJP made him run for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat after completing a commentary assignment in Pakistan, Sidhu’s political career has entered another bad phase.
For the humiliating defeat, Khadur Sahib Congress MP Jasbir Singh Gill criticized the” exaggerated tone- regard and arrogance of the party leaders”, while former press minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa held Sidhu responsible for the” schism and indiscipline”to which indeed Dera Baba Nanak MLA and former deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa had indicated.
Political critic Manohar Lal Sharma, who has been counsel to former CM Harcharan Singh Brar, said” Left with no bright future in politics, Sidhu might go back to show business or renew justice commentary. The Congress may not want to acclimate him in a significant position, while the other parties are also not in a position to borrow him at this stage.”
Claiming that the Congress and the SAD-BSP combined failed to understand the jitters of their workers, Sharma said “It isn’t correct to say that the Congress lost due to Sidhu. It lost Punjab because its workers deserted the party, and they were disenchanted because some leaders had brought in their cousins or children as successors.”