AMRITSAR, June 29 -- Congress MLA and former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu blamed the successive governments in Punjab, particularly those at the helm in the last 25 years, for an overall degradation of the state, claiming they mortgaged the interests of its people.

Speaking on the topic 'Resurrection of Punjab' as part of the live #SpeakUpIndia NRI series being facilitated by the Indian Overseas Congress (IOC), the cricketer-turned-politician said, "I cannot be a silent spectator to the present condition of Punjab. For the last 25 years, the system has failed us."

Though he did not name anyone, the Congress has assumed power in the state twice (2002 and 2017) under the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh in the last 25 years.