Stung by nepotism charges, Sidhu’s wife, son say no to govt positions

Chandigarh: The wife and son of Navjot Singh Sidhu, minister for local bodies in the Government of Punjab, have refused to accept posts offered to them by the government. Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu was appointed chairperson of the State Warehousing Corporation about a month back. His son Karan Singh Sidhu was named as assistant advocate general on Friday.

Sidhu told newspersons on Saturday that both would not be taking up their positions. He said that he had nothing to do with the decision. “They have their own reasons”, he said. Sidhu said that his wife was of the view that she would not get the ‘satisfaction she wants’ as the Warehousing Corporation chief while his son said that he wanted to concentrate on his career. Junior Sidhu has a masters degree in law from an American University.

Appointments had kicked up controversy

Navjot Singh Sidhu has quit the BJP to join the Congress on the eve of the assembly polls in the state. He had contested the elections from Amritsar (East) constituency. Overlooking many senior leaders, he was accommodated in the cabinet.

During the run-up to the elections, Captain Amarinder Singh, now the chief minister, had said that if his party forms the government, only one person from a family will be given any post in the government.

However, in April, Amarinder Singh appointed Sidhu’s wife as chairperson of the Warehousing Corporation. After the appointment of Sidhu’s son as assistant advocate general, the opposition had come out against the government, charging it with nepotism.