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Punjab Congress crisis: Amarinder meets Rawat, says any decision by party chief will be acceptable to all

On Friday, CM Amarinder Singh had written to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi expressing his strong reservations over a possible move to elevate Navjot Singh Sidhu as the PPCC president.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh |
Updated: July 17, 2021 10:43:34 pm
Punjab CM Captaincies Amarinder Singh meets Harish Rawat. (Photo: Twitter@RT_MediaAdvPBCM)

In the backdrop of simmering tensions in the Punjab Congress unit, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday met Harish Rawat, the party’s in-charge of state affairs, and stated that any decision taken by the Congress president will be acceptable to all.

Rawat flew down to Chandigarh in what is seen as a last-ditch effort to placate the Chief Minister. On Friday, CM Amarinder had written to party chief Sonia Gandhi expressing his strong reservations over a possible move to elevate Navjot Singh Sidhu as the PPCC president.

Subsequently, the CM was quoted by his media adviser as saying that he had a fruitful meeting with Rawat. “Had a fruitful meeting with @harishrawatcmuk. Reiterated that any decision of @INCIndia President will be acceptable to all. Raised certain issues which he said he’ll take up with @INCIndia president,’ @capt_amarinder,” the official tweeted.

The crisis in the Punjab Congress unit had deepened Friday as the CM, in his letter to Sonia Gandhi, reiterated that a person from the Hindu community be appointed as the PPCC chief. Meanwhile, the party high command apparently remains firm on its decision to appoint Sidhu as the PPCC chief. The incumbent PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar is a Hindu.

Meanwhile, Sidhu met Jakhar and several MLAs earlier in the day amid speculation over his appointment as the next head of party’s state unit. After the meeting with Jakhar, which lasted more than half-an-hour, Sidhu said he is his elder brother and a guiding force.

Sidhu also called on three Cabinet ministers including Sukhjinder Randhawa, Gurpreet Kangar, and Balbir Sidhu at their respective residences. He also met about a dozen MLAs also in Chandigarh. This is seen as Sidhu’s effort to take everybody along in the party.

Sidhu’s team is preparing for a massive show of strength after an announcement of his elevation. He is likely to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple and Durgiana Mandir in Amritsar. Following which, he is expected to take out a rally from Amritsar and pass through Hussainwala and Khatkar Kalan, two historical places associated with martyr Bhagat Singh. He is also planning to halt at Bargari, the epicentre of sacrilege politics in Punjab.

Several young MLAs are already gearing up to organise the show.

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