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Navjot Sidhu meets Sonia Gandhi in Delhi as Punjab Congress infighting magnifies

Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday met party chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence in Delhi. The meeting comes ahead of the party's Punjab unit revamp.

Puneet Pareenja Puneet Pareenja
New Delhi Updated on: July 16, 2021 13:32 IST
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Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu leaves after meeting party interim president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Friday.

Amid continued infighting in the Punjab Congress, former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday met party chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence in Delhi. The meeting comes ahead of the party's Punjab unit revamp and amid reports that Sidhu may get a key role in the organisation. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party in-charge of Punjab affairs, Harish Rawat also attended the meeting with Sidhu.

Speaking to reporters outside Sonia's residence, Rawat said, "I came here to submit my note to the party president. As soon as I get to know about her decision regarding Punjab Congress, I'll let you (media) all know."

Earlier on Thursday, a hectic political activity was at play in Chandigarh with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and former state minister Navjot Singh Sidhu meeting party legislators. 

Singh met more than 20 party leaders, including ministers, MLAs and MPs at his farmhouse in Mohali’s Siswan. He met ministers, including Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi, Aruna Chaudhary, Sunder Shyam Arora, besides some MLAs and MPs.

Sidhu, who may be declared the state party chief, met four ministers and at least six MLAs at the residence of Jails Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. Those who were present in the meeting with Sidhu included ministers Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Charanjit Singh Channi, MLAs Pargat Singh, Kulbir Zira, Barinderjit Singh Pahra and Kuljit Nagra. 

What transpired in the meeting, which lasted for two hours, could not be ascertained. But some of those present there had recently raised the issue of unfulfilled poll promises, including the 2015 desecration cases and the drug menace.

The development assumes significance amid reports of likely revamp of the Punjab Congress unit and cabinet reshuffle.

There are also media reports that Sidhu is likely to be announced as the Punjab Congress chief by the party high command. There is also talk of appointing two working presidents—a Dalit and a Hindu face.

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been at loggerheads with Amarinder Singh as he had attacked him over the alleged delay in justice in the 2015 desecration cases. The Congress leadership is working out a formula for Amarinder and Sidhu to work together.

The Congress had set up a three-member panel, headed by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, to resolve the infighting in the Punjab Congress. Both Sidhu and Amarinder had met the three-member AICC panel. The CM had then said any decision taken by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi would be acceptable to him and the party.

With PTI Inputs 

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