After taking charge as the Punjab Congress president, Navjot Singh Sidhu said he is “thick-skinned” and assured he will work in collaboration with all the party members since “no party can be made without workers”. He further said the Congress is united and that he cares about nothing more than the well-being of Punjab.
“Today, the Congress is united. No party can be made without workers. I have got thick skin. Nothing cares me more than the well-being of Punjab. I will only work for Punjab. This is not just an address, but it’s my soul talking. Workers are the soul of the party,” Navjot Singh Sidhu said in his address at Punjab Bhawan on Friday.
“All Congress workers in Punjab have become the party’s state unit chief today. There is no difference between a leader and a worker,” Navjot Singh Sidhu was quoted by PTI as saying during his elevation ceremony.
The cricketer-turned-politician, who took over the state Congress chief’s post from Sunil Jakhar, said the workers are the soul of the party, which derives power from them. He said he will have love for juniors and respect for elders.
Navjot Singh Sidhu took charge as the Punjab Congress chief in the presence of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday.
The new working presidents of the Punjab Congress — Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel and Kuljit Singh Nagra — also assumed charge at the event at the party’s state headquarters here in the presence of a huge number of Congress workers and supporters.
Senior Congress leader and AICC in-charge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat, former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, senior leaders Partap Singh Bajwa and Lal Singh were also present among others.
Navjot Singh’s elevation to the Punjab Congress chief post comes amid a tussle between him and Amarinder Singh. Tensions between the two top Congress leader flared up in April this year after the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed a probe report into 2015 Kotkapura police firing incident.
Navjot Sidhu had attacked the chief minister putting out tweets blaming Amarinder Singh for delay in ensuring justice in the 2015-sacrilege case and subsequent police firing incidents.