Ending months of public sparring, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and his bête noire, Navjot Singh Sidhu, signalled a ceasefire last week. Accepting the fait accompli presented by the Congress high command, the Captain attended Sidhu’s installation ceremony as the Punjab Congress chief, on July 23.
The cessation of hostility from Singh, who had stoutly opposed the former cricketer’s elevation for months, came even though Sidhu refused to oblige the CM on his demand for a public apology over the “personally derogatory social media attacks” that the Amritsar East MLA had made against him. At the installation ceremony, the Captain and Sidhu made no overt displays of a rapprochement. Instead, Sidhu waxed eloquent about his personal fight to restore Punjab’s pride, making it clear that Punjabiyat had taken a hit under Captain.