Navjot Singh Sidhus advisor Malvinder Singh Mali resigned on Friday. even when the head of the Punjab Congress gave the party’s high command a veiled ultimatum, stating that he would oppose attempts to deny him the freedom to make decisions that were good for the state.
Controversial posts on Mali’s social media have sparked a storm in the Punjab Congress and received criticism from Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh attracted.
At an event organized by the Amritsar Merchants and Industry Association on Thursday evening, Sidhu said, “I have never compromised. I have told the party’s high command that if I keep promises and fulfill people’s hopes, I will ensure rule of Congress in Punjab for the next 20 years.
“Par je tusi manu nirnay nahin lain deyonge taan main itt naal itt kharka du. (But if you don’t allow me to make decisions, I’ll fight back vigorously.) There is no point in being a decorated horse.”
When asked to respond to Sidhu’s comment, the state secretary general of Congress, Harish Rawat, said he would not speak until after studying the context in which the statement was made.
“But I have to say that he is our honorable PPCC boss, and if a PCC boss does not have the right to make decisions, who does?” Said Rawat in Delhi.
Earlier in the day, Mali posted a statement on social media announcing that he had resigned as Sidhu’s advisor. He warned that if anything unpleasant happened to him, Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, SAD leaders Bikram Singh Majithia and Sukhbir Singh Badal, Minister of Congress Vijay Inder Singla, Congressman Manish Tewari, BJP leader Subhash Sharma and AAP leaders Jarnail Singh and Raghav Chadha would be responsible.
These leaders had criticized his posts, which contained controversial statements about Kashmir and the Taliban. However, Mali had refused to withdraw the post.
Mali attacked the Congress leadership and Rawat without naming them, saying Punjab had become a gold mine for the high command and Punjab officials in Delhi.
Rawat described Mali’s resignation as a “very good” development. He said Mali had already made it clear on Facebook that his posts were his personal opinion. On Thursday Rawat had said that Sidhu should fire such advisors – and if he didn’t, he (Rawat) would do it himself.
Sources said Sidhu advised Mali to stop following the intervention of the party’s top leadership. The resignation is seen as a setback for Sidhu, who previously tried to interfere and said his advisors enjoyed freedom of expression.