Stung by former Punjabi chief minister Amarinder Singh’s criticism of the Gandhis, Congress said today it “hoped” he would reconsider his remarks because they “do not match his stature “. A spokesperson commented: “Older people often say things with anger.”
Congress declined to comment on whether Amarinder Singh would quit the party after his replacement as chief minister. “If anyone wants to leave, we have no comment,” said Congresswoman Supriya Shrinate.
Yesterday, Amarinder Singh made a series of comments targeting his rival Navjot Singh Sidhu, the President of the Punjab Congress, and called Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra “inexperienced and misguided”. He also said he would field a strong candidate against Navjot Sidhu in the Punjab elections early next year, to ensure he never becomes chief minister.
“He’s our oldest and the old people often get angry and say a lot of things. We respect his anger, his age and his experience. We hope he reconsiders what he said. But there is no place. in politics for anger, envy, enmity, vendetta and personal attacks and comments against political opponents, ”Ms. Shrinate told reporters.
“We hope that he will rethink his own words while being careful, because he has been a mainstay of the Congress party, which made him chief minister for nine years and nine months,” she said. declared.
Amarinder Singh retorted soon after. “Yes, there is no room for anger in politics. But is there room for humiliation and insult in a big old party like Congress? If a top leader like me can be treated that way, I wonder what the workers have to go through, “Mr Singh’s former media advisor Raveen Thukral quoted him.
The captain resigned on Saturday saying he felt humiliated after the party called a meeting of MPs without telling him. A day later, Congress appointed Charanjit Singh Channi, close to his rival Navjot Sidhu, as his successor.