Amar Singh, a former bureaucrat, is known to be a one-time confidant of Sidhu and the latter had recently paid a visit to Mustafa’s residence soon after taking over as PPCC chief. He was among the Punjab MPs who had met the chief minister in June and reposed faith in his leadership during the party’s internal turmoil. Earlier, he was Sidhu’s adviser during his tenure as local bodies minister but had quit the position as it did not have approval of the CM.
A 1985-batch IPS officer, Mustafa was hopeful of becoming the Punjab state police chief and had even moved court against the appointment of the present incumbent Dinkar Gupta, after the latter’s appointment. Mustafa’s wife Razia Sultana is a member of the council of ministers.
The two other advisers are Pyare Lal Garg, former Registrar of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, and political analyst Malwinder Singh Mali.
Incidentally, the announcement came on a day when chief minister Amarinder Singh was away to Delhi to meet with union ministers. Already the AICC had appointed four working presidents with Sidhu and now he has set a new precedent by appointing four advisers.
“I hereby appoint four advisers to seek their wise counsel as President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect. I personally hold each of them in high regard, for their vision and work to envisage a better future for every Punjabi,” said the announcement of Sidhu’s letterhead.