Updated: July 23, 2021 10:45:45 am
Signalling an end to the stalemate between him and Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Thursday invited all party leaders for tea on Friday from where they will “go together” to attend the latter’s installation as the state Congress chief. Earlier, Amarinder accepted Sidhu’s invite to attend the installation ceremony of the new PPCC team scheduled on Friday.
The turns of events signal an end to the stalemate between the two leaders. This is the first time that Sidhu reached out to Amarinder after being appointed the PPCC chief. On his part, Amarinder had not congratulated Sidhu and had sought a public apology from the cricketer-turned-politician for the “derogatory” tweets against him.
The CM accepted the invite after two of the newly appointed working presidents of PPCC, Kuljit Singh Nagra and Sangat Singh Gilzian, reached his residence carrying a letter signed by 56 MLAs, including Sidhu. The invitation letter had a request for the CM to participate in the installation ceremony of five members, including PPCC chief and the four working presidents. Nagra and Gilzian, after coming out of Amarinder’s residence said that the CM had accepted the invite.
Party in-charge Harish Rawat has already reached Chandigarh to attend the ceremony. The Punjab government had sent its chopper for Rawat to reach Chandigarh with the opposition parties raising finger at the government for misusing its resources for party activities.
Cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa said that Sidhu had personally called up party MPs and the ministers requesting them to put up a united show at the installation ceremony. It is also learnt that AICC leader Rahul Gandhi had met all party MPs during the Parliament session and asked them personally to participate in the ceremony.
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