Day after resigning, Sidhu says 'will fight for truth'

Day after resignation, Navjot Singh Sidhu says, 'will keep fighting for truth till my last breath'

Sidhu on Tuesday announced his resignation shortly after the new CM Channi distributed cabinet portfolios

Navjot Singh Sidhu. Credit: PTI photo

A day after resigning as Punjab Congress chief, Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday questioned the appointments of the Director General of Police and the state's Advocate General, claiming his fight is "issue-based" for which he will "keep fighting for truth till my last breath" and that he could not compromise with his ethics and morality.

Sidhu had, on Tuesday, made a surprise announcement of his resignation, shortly after the new Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi distributed portfolios to his Cabinet colleagues. The cricketer-turned-politician was miffed over the selection of some ministers and appointments to senior administrative posts.

In a video posted on Twitter, Sidhu said his objective had always been to improve the lives of people and "to make a difference" and his "fight is for the issues and an agenda of Punjab”.

"My fight is issue-based and I have stood by it for a long time. I cannot compromise with my ethics, my moral authority. What I witnessed is a compromise with issues, agenda in Punjab. I cannot misguide the high command nor can I let them be misguided," Sidhu said in the over four-minute video in Punjabi.

He said he has "no personal rivalry with anyone" and "17 years of my political career has been for a purpose, to make a difference, to take a stand and to make people's lives better. This is my only religion".

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"I will make any sacrifice to stand by principles. I don't need to think much for it. I broke the system where tainted ministers and officers were accommodated. Now tainted ministers and officers can't be appointed again. I oppose such appointments," he added.

In an apparent reference to giving additional charge of DGP to senior IPS officer Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, he said, "when I see those who gave clean chit to Badals six years ago…such persons have been given the responsibility for delivering justice." Sahota headed the Special Investigation Team formed in 2015 by the then Akali government to probe the sacrilege incidents.

He also questioned the appointment of APS Deol as the new advocate general and said, "those who secured blanket bails, he is Advocate General." Deol had been a counsel for former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in various cases.

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