Ahead of polls, Sidhu launches Punjab Model minus Channi


As Assembly polls are round the corner, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Navjot Singh Sidhu held a press conference to unveil his Punjab Model.

Sidhu was alone and was not accompanied by CM Charanjit Singh Channi and any of his party co-leaders.

Sidhu on Monday cleared the party’s future line of action in the run-up to the elections and said the people of the state will choose the Chief Minister and not the high command.

Addressing the media to unveil the basic income agenda of Congress’ ‘Punjab Model’, Sidhu emphasized that his war is not against any individual but he’s fighting for the benefit of the state with a revenue-based model.

Punjab is not the “property of an individual”, he said and asked people to not have any ‘false implication’ in their minds. “Who told you that the high command will choose the CM? MLAs, as well as the CM, will be chosen by the people,” he said.

Asked about his tussle between him and CM Channi, Sidhu categorically evaded the question and said the agenda he was presenting was with the consent of the Punjab affairs general secretary. “If Channi has shown intent to run the government in 111 days, I am talking about policymaking for the next five years. There should be no confusion and false implications,” he said.

Sidhu’s Punjab Model

Launching his Punjab model, Sidhu said if Congress comes to power in 2022, it will set up liquor corporations, cable corporations, mining corporations, river water corporations, and transport corporations to boost revenue and check revenue pilferage.

Meanwhile, Congress constituted the Manifesto Committee and Campaign Committee of Punjab Congress ahead of the polls. The 20-member manifesto committee will be headed by Pratap Singh Bajwa with Manpreet Badal as co-chairman and Amar Singh as convenor. While the 25-member campaign committee will be led by former Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, with Amarpreet Singh Lally as Co-Chairman and Ravneet Singh Bittu as Convenor.