In Punjab state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu's attitude has hardened since the Congress High Command's survey for the Chief Minister's face. Sidhu stated emphatically that the "people at the top" (high command) want a weak chief minister who will dance to his every command. With this statement, while the Congress high command is going to reveal the next chief ministerial face on February 6, Sidhu has intensified efforts to cause difficulties for the party by pointing out that Channi has proved to be a weak chief minister.
He claims that electing a good Chief Minister is solely in the hands of Punjab voters. 'If a new Punjab is to be formed, it is in the hands of the CM,' Sidhu remarked to his supporters in Amritsar on Friday. This time, you must select CM. Those in the position above require a weak CM who can dance to their tune. Do you want a CM like that?' In the party and political circles, speculation has grown that if the high command names Channi as the next chief ministerial face, Sidhu may be forced to leave the Congress. Sidhu's wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, recently gave similar hints that the husband and wife can return to their prior job.
Sidhu will be unable to foment factionalism inside the party in protest of the high command's decision, as the party has re-fielded the majority of MLAs and ministers. At such a moment, all of the candidates require the support of the high command, and Sidhu is the only one who does so openly. In addition, three other candidates for Chief Minister, Sukhjinder Randhawa, Pratap Bajwa, and Sunil Jakhar, have remained silent in the face of the crisis.
Punjab matters are handled by Congress. Harish Chaudhary has stated that the Congress party, its workers, and the people of Punjab support Chief Minister Channi and that anyone attempting to discredit Channi in the assembly elections will receive a due response. If any senior Congress leader or worker is found working against the party's official candidate, he will face severe consequences. Navjot Sidhu's comments regarding Channi being a weak CM were supported by Chaudhary, who said that Sidhu was speaking for the BJP, not the Congress.