Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu today continued his campaign against the Charanjit Singh Channi government, announcing that he would go on a hunger strike if the government did not release a report on drug threats and religious incidents.
Reports from state agencies on the drug issue have been submitted to the High Court and Mr Sidhu wants the government to share the results with the public.
“The party came to power with a promise to eradicate drugs,” Mr Sidhu said today.
“But if the government does not open the drug report, I will go on hunger strike. We have to show why the former chief minister (Capt. Amarinder Singh) sat with these reports. Now this government has to open these reports. The court. .
The removal of Amarinder Singh after a year-long conflict has not brought much peace to the Punjab Congress. With Mr Channi’s election, Mr Sidhu’s aspirations for the top post have once again been dashed, failing to ease the pressure on the state government from a cricketer to a politician.
A few days after Mr. Channy was sworn in, he expressed his dissatisfaction with the selection of the chief minister for the cabinet, the state police chief and the advocate general. The matter was settled after a long delay, but the ceasefire between the two became uncomfortable.
Last month, Mr Sidhu wrote to Sonia Gandhi, listing the “priority areas” and a 13-point agenda of promises made before the 2017 elections, saying “the state government must fulfill them”.
His advice ranged from arrests in drug cases, to building agricultural infrastructure and making laws to control the “mere mafia”.