NEW DELHI: A day after its traumatic defeat to the BJP, the Congress has been called upon to firefight in Punjab. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh -- who delivered the party's only decisive victory in a state -- has contacted the senior leadership of the party, seeking a green signal for Navjot Singh Sidhu's removal from government, sources said.
The Congress has won eight of Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats yesterday. Amarinder Singh, however, said the party could have done better in the urban areas of the state, especially Bathinda, is not for Navjot Sidhu's remarks on Pakistan and the ongoing investigation into the Guru Granth Sahib desecration.
"While everyone has the right to promote themselves in a democracy, it was wrong of him to make controversial comments once the battle had started," he has said.
The tension between the Chief Minister and Mr Sidhu, which has been brewing for long, worsened over the distribution of ticket -- which was also at the bottom of his rift with the BJP.