Retorting to Congress Leader Navjot Singh Sidhu's jibe on his wife's allegation of being denied a ticket, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday has said that Sidhu's comments, one day prior to the election, will affect the Party and not him.
"If he is ambitious, then it is okay. I know him since his childhood. I have no difference of opinion with him. He probably wants to be Chief Minister and replace me, that's his business. But the timing of the statement, one day prior to the election, it was wrong. The consequence of this, if any, will affect the party not me," he said.
When asked if any disciplinary action will be taken against such comments, Capt. Singh said the 'Congress party does not believe in indiscipline' and it is up to the central leadership to take notice of such comments which will damage the party.
"It is up to the central leadership to take notice of this and I have read news reports on this. I am sure they will look at it after the elections. Congress party does not believe in indiscipline. I have seen this for 50 years, they will not accept things where you can damage the party. Otherwise, you are free to say what you want. If anyone from Punjab damages the party, it is wrong," he added.
Earlier in the day, after casting his vote in Amritsar, Sidhu had said that 'a vote cannot be underestimated and it should be used to blast those who are colluding to backstab the Congress.
"You(voters) are set. You are the law. The world's biggest court is conscience. In a democracy, the voice of God is there. I said you(voters) are the law, court, justice. Do not underestimate a vote. Blast them ('Thok do') who are backstabbing the Congress by collusion," he said.
Previously, Sidhu's wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu had called the Punjab chief minister 'Junior Captain' and said that he should respect women after she was denied a ticket to contest for the Amritsar constituency in the Lok Sabha polls.
"I was denied ticket after our CM sa'ab & Asha ji had specifically said that I can't win from Amritsar. If I'm working for the party, at least don't have such a small heart and brain that when you can see the larger picture that country needs to be saved from Modi and bring... My message was Captain sa'ab should respect women. You talk of women reservation, then consider them. When educated leaders like me, ready to serve others come, it's decent to tell us that someone's better so it's being done but don't deny our tickets by lying," she said.
All 13 constituencies of Punjab are polling on Sunday in the last phase of elections. Results are scheduled on May 23.
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