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Amarinder refutes Sidhu's wife's charge but minister says 'my wife will never lie'

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Days after his wife stirred up a controversy by alleging that Minister and senior ensured that she was denied the Lok Sabha ticket from Amritsar, Thursday backed her accusation, saying she would "never lie".

"My wife has that much strength and moral authority that she will never lie. This is my answer," Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is Tourism and Culture minister, said when asked about his wife's allegations.

However, denying the charge, the minister said in Patiala that she had been offered ticket from or seat, but she refused it.

Singh also said he had no role in denying ticket to Kaur from Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, saying ticket allocation was done by the high command in and they chose Pawan Kumar Bansal.

On May 14, Congress and former MLA had alleged that it was and party's affairs in-charge Kumari who ensured that she does not get the party ticket from the parliamentary constituency.

Kaur, who had also been seeking ticket from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, had alleged that the minister had claimed that he alone was capable to lead the Congress to victory on 13 parliamentary seats in the state.

"Capt and think that Madam Sidhu (Navjot Kaur) does not deserve an ticket. My ticket from was denied on grounds that I could not win because of a train accident in Amritsar on Dussehra (in October last year which left 60 people dead). Madam Sidhu cannot win, this was said by Capt and Asha Kumari," she had told reporters in Amritsar.

Further hitting out at and Kumari, she had also said they think that the Sidhu couple is not capable to "do some benefit for Punjab".

The simmering tension between the cricketer-turned-politician and the chief minister had come out in open on a few occasions in the past.

Sidhu had last year in said, "is my captainRahul Gandhi is the of the (Amarinder Singh) also."

Amarinder Singh had earlier disapproved of Sidhu hugging army chief during his visit to the neighbouring country.

Sidhu slammed Badals over the issue of farm debt waiver, claiming that the previous had failed in settling a single rupee of farmers' loan despite bringing an act -- the Settlement of Agricultural Indebtedness Act, 2016, -- for it.

"Positions lying vacant in most of debt settlement forums at district level were not filled. Nothing had happened during the previous regime. It showed their intent and lack of interest in protecting farmers," he said.

"They spent Rs 1.50 crore on advertisement of the settlement of debt. But not even a single rupee was settled," he claimed.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 23:56 IST