To position himself as the chief ministerial candidate of the Congress in Punjab, state unit chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday said it is the people who will choose the next Chief Minister of the state.

Unveiling the first set of plans in his Punjab Model with focus on resurrection of Punjab, Sidhu, in the absence of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and his Cabinet colleagues, told the media here: “Punjab Model is people’s model, an effort to give a roadmap to return power to people.” To counter the powerful ‘mafia model’, which has power to even stop the notification of Cabinet passed resolution, he said a model is needed to redistribute state resources and give power back to rightful beneficiaries.

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Explaining about Punjab Model, cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu, who often boasts of his proximity with the Gandhi family – Rahul and Priyanka – talked about setting up state-run corporations in liquor, mining, transport, cable television and river water to rejuvenate state’s financial resources and check revenue pilferages in the next five years, if the Congress returns to power in the Assembly elections slated on February 14.

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