Will Back AAP’s ‘Honest’ Bhagwant Mann In Fighting Mafia, Says Navjot Sidhu
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu said he will support AAP’s Bhagwant Mann if he fights against the mafia.
Chandigarh: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said the party lost the Punjab elections because of the “mafia raj” that prevailed in the state and it now needed to reinvent itself, while praising Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann as a younger brother and an “honest man”.
He said he will support Mr Mann, whose Aam Aadmi Party trounced the Congress in the recent assembly polls, if he fights against the mafia.
“He is an honest man,” Mr Sidhu told reporters at the sidelines of an event where Amrinder Singh Raja Warring took charge as the state Congress president.
Mr Sidhu had resigned from the same post after the party’s defeat in the Punjab elections.
“The Congress has to reinvent itself,” the former cricketer said.
“I did not speak earlier but everybody has a right to speak and I say today that the Congress lost because of the five-year rule of the mafia raj,” he added.
Mr Sidhu said he has always fought against the mafia. Though he did not elaborate, Mr Sidhu has in the past criticised his own Congress government in the state over alleged “mafias” in sand-mining, transport and cable TV sectors.
“My fight was not against any individual. It was against the system and against some persons who were eating into the state like termites,” he said.
He said his fight is for Punjab’s “existence” and not for any post.