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Punjab Congress News Live Updates: Meeting between Sidhu, CM Channi ends; ‘all issues’ have been resolved, say sources

Punjab Congress News Live Updates: Meanwhile, former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday laid rumours to rest, confirming that he will not be joining BJP, but will be leaving the Congress.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 30, 2021 6:58:53 pm
Punjab news, punjab congress crisis, congress crisis news, punjab latest news, congress latest newsPunjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi with Navjot Singh Sidhu (File)

Punjab Congress News Live Updates: Days after he stepped down as Punjab Congress chief, Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday met Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi “for talks” at the Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh.  According to sources, all issues were “resolved to satisfaction” between Sidhu and the Channi cabinet during the meeting. Before the meeting, Sidhu had said that he was open to “any discussions”.

Meanwhile, former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday laid rumours to rest, confirming that he will not be joining BJP, but will be leaving the Congress. In an interview with NDTV, Singh, who was forced to step down as CM earlier this month, said he will not be “treated in this manner”.

In other news, Condemning the ongoing crisis within the Punjab Congress, former PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar said it was time to end repeated attempts to undermine the authority of the chief minister. In a veiled dig at Navjot Singh Sidhu, Jakhar said that it was wrong for ‘aspersions to be cast’ on the selection of top officials, like AG and DGP.

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Punjab Congress News Live Updates: Navjot Singh Sidhu meets CM Channi; Amarinder Singh meets NSA Ajit Doval, Amit Shah in Delhi; Chief Minister Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad speak out  

18:58 (IST)30 Sep 2021
All issues resolved to the satisfaction of both the parties: sources

According to sources, all issues were "resolved to satisfaction" between Navjot Singh Sidhu and the Channi cabinet during the meeting.

18:45 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Navjot Sidhu departs from Punjab Bhavan

Navjot Singh Sidhu has left the Punjab Bhavan after meeting CM Charanjit Singh Channi. After meeting the CM, Sidhu also held a meeting with his aides including Pargat Singh, Dr Raj Kumar Verka and Kuljit Nagra.

18:41 (IST)30 Sep 2021
CM Channi calls cabinet meeting on Oct 4

According to ANI, Punjab CM Charanjit Channi has called a cabinet meeting on October 4 at the Secretariat.

18:38 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Captain Amarinder on question of floor test in Assembly

When asked about a floor test in Punjab Assembly, Captain Amarinder told mediapersons, "If the party loses the majority, then the Assembly Speaker has to take the decision"

18:37 (IST)30 Sep 2021
'We discussed security-related issues': Captain Amarinder on meeting with NSA Doval

"We discussed security-related issues, can't share them here," former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said when asked about his meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in Delhi.

18:35 (IST)30 Sep 2021
I will be leaving the Congress party: Captain Amarinder Singh

"I will be leaving the Congress party...I am not remaining in Congress, I am not joining the BJP," Captain Amarinder Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.

18:15 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Channi-Sidhu meeting ends

The meeting between Punjab Chief Minister CM Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu has ended. CM Channi and AICC observer Harish Chaudhary have left Punjab Bhawan.

17:32 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Congress is going downhill, says Captain Amarinder 

Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday dismissed the rumours of him joining the BJP but said he would definitely quit the Congress, which he said was going downhill with senior leaders completely ignored and not given a voice.

Denying any move to join the BJP, Amarinder Singh said he would leave the Congress where he had been “utterly humiliated and not trusted”. “I will resign…will not stay in the party,” he said, adding that he was still thinking through his options in the interest of Punjab, whose security was the predominant priority for him. “I will not be treated in this humiliating manner…I will not take such insults,” he said, adding that his principles and beliefs do not allow him to stay with Congress. Read the full report here.

15:50 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Visuals from outside the Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh

Visuals from outside the Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh

15:40 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Sidhu arrives at Punjab Bhavan to meet CM Channi. 

Navjot Singh Sidhu has reached Punjab Bhavan to meet CM Charanjit Singh Channi. 

15:38 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Sidhu targets DGP IPS Sahota 

"DGP IPS Sahota was head of SIT investigating Beadbi case under Badal Govt, he wrongfully indicted two Sikh youth for sacrilege & gave clean chit to Badals. In 2018, I along with INC Ministers, then PCC Pres and present Home Minister assured them of our support in fight for Justice," Sidhu in a tweet said. 

Earlier, in an oblique reference to Sahota, who was given the additional charge of the state police chief despite Sidhu pitching for another DGP rank officer, S Chattopadhaya, the cricketer-turned-politician had said how could he expect justice from those “who gave a clean chit to the Badals six years ago, and tortured young boys”.

15:10 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Amarinder Singh meets NSA Doval

Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Thursday met NSA Ajit Doval, a meeting which comes a day after he met Home Minister Amit Shah amid speculation over his future move after resigning as Punjab chief minister.

Singh met Doval at his residence in New Delhi. The meeting between the two lasted for around 30 minutes.

After the meeting, the National Security Advisor (NSA) left for the residence of Shah.

Singh's meeting with Shah on Wednesday had added another dimension in politics in Punjab where no party is being seen as a clear favourite in the polls, expected to be held early next year. (PTI)

14:41 (IST)30 Sep 2021
‘Not joining BJP, but leaving Congress,’ says former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday dismissed the rumours of him joining the BJP saying he will not join the saffron party but will definitely quit the Congress.

“So far I am in the Congress but I will not remain in the Congress. I will not be treated in this manner,” he told NDTV. After his unceremonious exit as the CM, just months ahead of Assembly polls in the state, Singh had earlier said that he was “humiliated” and would keep his options open to chalk out his future.

13:13 (IST)30 Sep 2021
‘Time to end attempts to undermine CM’s authority,’ says former PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar

Condemning the ongoing crisis within the Punjab Congress, former PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar said it was time to end repeated attempts to undermine the authority of the chief minister. In a veiled dig at Navjot Singh Sidhu, Jakhar said that it was wrong for ‘aspersions to be cast’ on the selection of top officials, like AG and DGP.

“Aspersions being cast on selection of AG & DGP is actually questioning the integrity/competence of CM and Home Minister to deliver results. It’s time to put the foot down and clear the air,” Jakhar tweeted.

12:44 (IST)30 Sep 2021
'Punjab formed Congress govt with great hopes, now they've made a mockery of govt,' says Kejriwal

Addressing the ongoing crisis within the Congress party in Punjab, AAP National convener Arvind Kejriwal said, "Punjab had formed Congress government with great hopes. But today they've made a mockery of the government. A dirty fight for power is going on. All their leaders want to become CM. There's so much infighting that government has disappeared." 

11:52 (IST)30 Sep 2021
‘CM has invited me for talks, he is welcome for any discussion,’ says Sidhu

Days after Navjot Singh Sidhu stepped down as president of the Congress in Punjab, the party seems to be in the midst of an exercise to placate him to withdraw his resignation. In a tweet shared on Thursday, Sidhu said that Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had invited him “for talks” 

“Will reciprocate by reaching Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh at 3:00 PM today. He is welcome for any discussions,” Sidhu tweeted.

10:04 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Will call special session to reject farm laws: Channi to Centre

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi gave an ultimatum to Centre Tuesday saying that if it fails to repeal farm then his government would convene a special Vidhan Sabha session to scrap them outright.

Addressing the media persons here at the Chief Minister’s Office, Channi said Capt Amarinder Singh had earlier decided to amended bills instead of rejecting these draconian farm legislations.

Urging the Centre to give due recognition to the border state of Punjab for its unprecedented sacrifices to uphold the country’s integrity and sovereignty, Channi said that the Centre should not try to foment trouble in the state like J&K rather it should sincerely resolve the ongoing farm crisis at the earliest in the larger interest of the country. Read the full report here. 

09:20 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Miffed Navjot Singh Sidhu brings sacrilege issue back to the spotlight

After it rocked the SAD-BJP government in October 2015, the Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege has once again been brought into focus by Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu.

In an emotional video address Wednesday morning, the first after resigning from the post of PPCC chief Tuesday, Sidhu said he was ready to sacrifice anything “to get justice for the Guru”.

In an oblique reference to acting DGP IPS Sahota, who was given the additional charge of the state police chief despite Sidhu pitching for another DGP rank officer, S Chattopadhaya, the cricketer-turned politician said how could he expect justice from those “who gave a clean chit to the Badals six years ago, and tortured young boys”. Read the full report here. 

09:19 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Punjab, exits give fuel to G-23: Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad speak up

The ongoing Punjab crisis and the recent high-profile exits from the Congress prompted its Group of 23 (the group that wrote to Sonia Gandhi demanding sweeping changes in the party structure) to once again express concern over what they called was the continuing drift in the party.

Underlining that the Congress needed to ask itself why leaders were leaving it, senior party leader Kapil Sibal said Wednesday: “In our party, at the moment, there is no president, so we don’t know who is taking these decisions. We know and yet we don’t know.”

Sibal’s press conference followed a letter to Sonia Gandhi by a fellow member of the Group of 23, Ghulam Nabi Azad. Both Azad and Sibal again demanded elections to the post of the party president and a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC). Read the full report here. 

09:18 (IST)30 Sep 2021
Captain meets Shah, stand on farm laws key to what next

JUST OVER a week after he resigned as Punjab Chief Minister, veteran Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in the national capital on Wednesday, setting off speculation about the meeting and his next steps.

“Met Union Home Minister @AmitShah ji in Delhi. Discussed the prolonged farmers’ agitation against #FarmLaws & urged him to resolve the crisis urgently with repeal of the laws & guarantee MSP, besides supporting Punjab in crop diversification,” Singh tweeted after the almost hour-long meeting at Shah’s residence.

While there were reports that Singh may also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there was no official confirmation. Read the full report here. 

Navjot Singh Sidhu | Express file photo by Anil Sharma

Miffed Navjot Singh Sidhu brings sacrilege issue back to the spotlight

After it rocked the SAD-BJP government in October 2015, the Guru Granth Sahib sacrilege has once again been brought into focus by Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu.

In an emotional video address Wednesday morning, the first after resigning from the post of PPCC chief Tuesday, Sidhu said he was ready to sacrifice anything “to get justice for the Guru”.

In an oblique reference to acting DGP IPS Sahota, who was given the additional charge of the state police chief despite Sidhu pitching for another DGP rank officer, S Chattopadhaya, the cricketer-turned politician said how could he expect justice from those “who gave a clean chit to the Badals six years ago, and tortured young boys”.

Punjab, exits give fuel to G-23: Kapil Sibal, Ghulam Nabi Azad speak up

The ongoing Punjab crisis and the recent high-profile exits from the Congress prompted its Group of 23 (the group that wrote to Sonia Gandhi demanding sweeping changes in the party structure) to once again express concern over what they called was the continuing drift in the party.

Underlining that the Congress needed to ask itself why leaders were leaving it, senior party leader Kapil Sibal said Wednesday: “In our party, at the moment, there is no president, so we don’t know who is taking these decisions. We know and yet we don’t know.”

Sibal’s press conference followed a letter to Sonia Gandhi by a fellow member of the Group of 23, Ghulam Nabi Azad. Both Azad and Sibal again demanded elections to the post of the party president and a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC).

Explained: 5 reasons why Navjot Singh Sidhu quit as Punjab Congress chief

Two days after the swearing-in of the rejigged Punjab Congress Cabinet, PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu Tuesday dropped his resignation bomb, tweeting out the letter to Sonia Gandhi about him stepping down as state Congress chief. But what led him to take this step days after the resignation of his bête noire, Capt Amarinder Singh, as Chief Minister? Here are five reasons.

The Cabinet composition

Just a few hours before the new Cabinet was sworn in, six ministers from Doaba region shot off a letter to Sidhu against the elevation of Rana Gurjit Singh, pointing out that he had resigned from the ministry in 2018 due to allegations of graft in a sand mining case.

It is learnt that Sidhu too was against the inclusion of Rana Gurjit, the MLA from Kapurthala, but the Congress high command went ahead with its move, choosing instead to remove Kuljit Singh Nagra, working president of PPCC, considered close to Sidhu.

Apart from calling Sidhu and “unstable” man, Amarinder, in a statement, further termed the resignation “sheer drama”, adding that it showed that Sidhu was preparing the ground to quit the Congress and join hands with someone other party in the run-up to the state Assembly polls.

“I had been saying all along that this man is unstable and dangerous, and cannot be entrusted with the task of running Punjab,” the heavy-hitting former CM said, adding that Sidhu had also proved to be absolutely incompetent during his stint as a minister in his government.

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