Former Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has said he is not running after any post in Congress, but stressed he was “not a showpiece” which can be used to win elections and then “selfish vested interests can override the interests of Punjab”.
In an interview to The Indian Express at his Patiala residence, the senior Congress leader, who has taken on Chief Minister Capt Amarinder on several issues, said that he was willing to become a zila parishad member in the state, let alone a Deputy CM or the PPCC president, and walk behind the Chief Minister if his (Sidhu’s) agenda for the development of Punjab was followed.
“I am not a showpiece that you will take me out campaigning, win the elections and then keep me back in the almirah. So that I can see how you do mining, how you do this, how you do that. And selfish vested interests overriding the interests of the state. This is unbearable for me,” said Sidhu.
Sidhu said he started his fight against the “system” running the state from the very first Cabinet meeting. “This system is controlled, manipulated and designed by two powerful families. They are the ones who control this system. They have belittled the legislature. The legislature is always accountable to the people. The people chose ministers and MLAs, they voted for them. They did not vote for an officer. But when you make the system accountable to an officer you have belittled the legislature. Why? To control. The power of the people does not return and is restricted to a few,” he said.