Performance of ministers to be reviewed in backdrop of poll results-Capt Amarinder
KS Diwan/ royalpatiala.in/ Chandigarh
The Chief Minister also said the performance of the ministers would be reviewed in the backdrop of the Lok Sabha results in the state. “We will review the performance of the ministers, it was not a veiled threat made by the party before the elections,” he told mediapersons at a press conference this afternoon.
He said that “he would soon take up with the Congress high command the issue of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s damaging remarks ahead of polling in Punjab, which he said might have affected the party’s performance in Bathinda.”
Though he refused to comment directly on the possible impact of Sidhu’s comments on the Congress performance in Punjab, Captain Amarinder said as a minister, Sidhu’s own performance needed to be reviewed. Asserting that Sidhu had not been able to handle his department, the Chief Minister made it clear that he intended to take up the issue with the high command once things have settled down in the party, post the election results.
The Congress in Punjab performed poorly in urban areas, and Sidhu was the minister for urban development, Captain Amarinder pointed out, adding that while everyone had the right to promote themselves in a democracy, it was wrong on his part to made the controversial comments once the battle had started.
Referring to Sidhu’s remarks on the investigation into the sacrilege cases, the Chief Minister said the minister evidently did not understand that the SIT was set up by the Vidhan Sabha and it was thus the body which had to complete the probe.
Captain Amarinder rejected the suggestion of detrimental impact to the Congress by party leader Pratap Singh Bajwa, saying the party had won in the areas in which he was said to have some influence.