Congress leader Navjot Kaur Sidhu hit out at Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and alleged that it was because of him and party general secretary, who is in-charge of the state, Asha Kumari that she was denied a ticket from Amritsar in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.
"Captain Sahib (Amarinder Singh) and Asha Kumari think Madam Sidhu does not deserve a (MP) ticket. I was denied the ticket from Amritsar on the ground that I could not win," Navjot Kaur said.
She said, "Captain Sahib should respect women. You talk of women reservation, then please consider it. When educated leaders like me, who are ready to serve are there, don't deny us tickets by lying," she said.
Navjot Kaur earlier wanted to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Chandigarh, but the leader was denied a ticket from the constituency. Congress fielded former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal from the seat.
NK Sidhu: I was denied ticket after our CM sa'ab & Asha ji had specifically said that I can't win from Amritsar. If I'm working for party,at least don't have such small heart & brain that when you can see the larger picture that country needs to be saved from Modi...(15.05) (1/2) pic.twitter.com/c4hPRaNj34— ANI (@ANI) May 16, 2019
Following this there were reports that she might contest from Amritsar, but Congress party has fielded sitting lawmaker Gurjit Singh Aujla from this seat.
In the 2014 general elections, Amarinder Singh had defeated BJP's Arun Jaitley from this seat.
When questioned about her husband, Navjot Singh Sidhu's absence from Congress's campaign in Punjab, she said, "Captain Sahib has said that we are winning all 13 Lok Sabha seats. Our aim is to oust PM Modi. When Captain Sahib is saying that we are winning all seats then Sidhu's campaign does not matter. He is campaigning at an all India level. There is no ego there. Captain saab has said he would win all 13 seats by himself."
The differences between Mr Sidhu and Mr Amarinder came to the fore when the Chief Minister had asked him not to go to Pakistan for Imran Khan's oath-taking ceremony. The Chief Minister also got the invitation but preferred not to go there citing terror attacks in Punjab and killings of Indian soldiers by Pakistan armed forces.
Relations grew bitter when the Punjab chief minister had issued a mild rebuke to Mr Sidhu last year over his hug to Pakistan Army Chief General Bajwa, which snowballed into a huge political controversy. Following which, Mr Sidhu jabbed at Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and stated that Congress president Rahul Gandhi is his captain and that he went to Pakistan after taking him (Rahul Gandhi) into confidence.
Punjab, where 13 parliamentary seats are at stake will go to polls on May 19.