In a Facebook post titled “Dil ki Bat” on Saturday, Jakhar bid farewell to Congress, saying “…good luck and goodbye Congress.”
Shortly after Jakhar left, he received support from Sidhu who, in a tweet, said: “Congress shouldn’t lose #sunilkjakhar…. Is an asset worth its weight in gold…. Any differences can be resolved on the table”
It was a double setback for the Congress on a day when it was discussing internal reforms and party unity during Chintan Shivir.
On April 26, the Congressional Disciplinary Committee had recommended Jakhar’s suspension for two years for alleged anti-party activities. He had criticized former chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, calling him a liability to the party after the Congress lost to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Punjab Assembly elections this year.
Jakhar, who was once seen as a likely chief ministerial candidate, remained indifferent to the recommendation for action against him.
Eventually, he resigned on Saturday.
What is surprising is that even though he was a harsh critic of Sidhu, the latter spoke out in his favour.
On several occasions in the past, Jakhar has targeted Sidhu along with other Congress leaders. He used to call Sidhu “predictably unpredictable”.
He confronted Sidhu when the latter objected to the choice of former Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi as DGP and Advocate General (AG). He told Sidhu that it was CM’s prerogative to appoint DGP or AG and he was undermining CM’s authority by forcing his choice.
When Channi finally succumbed to Sidhu’s request and accepted the resignation of AG APS Deol and DGP IPS Sahota, Jakhar said, “The ousting of a capable but ‘allegedly’ compromised officer exposed a CM ‘really’ ” compromise. Giving rise to a relevant question – Which government is it anyway? »
Jakhar argued that the fighting between Sidhu and Channi was hurting Congress and helping opposition parties.
Targeting Sidhu, he once said, “Progress doesn’t happen because the intentions are bad.
He did not hesitate to call Channi, Sidhu and former Congress Punjab official Harish Singh Rawat “political pilgrims”.
However, despite these attacks by Jakhar, Sidhu did not accept Congress’ action against him. This should be cause for concern for the party.
Sidhu had recently met Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and congratulated him. This has already caused unease in congressional circles.