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Punjab Congress News Live Updates: ‘Urged PM to resolve farmer crisis,’ says Punjab CM after meeting Modi

Punjab Congress News Live Updates: . The Centre on Thursday had postponed the paddy procurement in Punjab and Haryana till October 11 “over delayed crop maturity due to recent heavy rains”, sparking unrest among farmers in the two agrarian states.

By: Express Web Desk | Chandigarh |
Updated: October 1, 2021 6:04:53 pm
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Twitter/PMO)

Punjab Congress News Live Updates: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the matter of farmers’ protest and resume dialogue with the protesting farmers. “I demanded that the three laws should be withdrawn,” Channi told reporters after meeting Prime Minister Modi.

Meanwhile, two days after Navjot Singh Sidhu stepped down as Punjab Congress chief, throwing the ruling party in the state into fresh turmoil, a key issue that led to the crisis appeared to have been resolved Thursday with Sidhu and Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi reaching an agreement on “contentious” appointments. Sources told The Indian Express that both sides agreed during a three-hour meeting to leave the decision on the appointment of an Advocate General to the Congress high command.

On Thursday, Amarinder Singh laid rumours to rest, confirming that he will not join the 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”.

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Punjab Congress News Live Updates: Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi meets PM Modi; Harish Rawat says Captain Amarinder failed to deliver and more. Follow LIVE updates here.

18:04 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Captain Amarinder rejects Rawat’s claims

Taking strong exception to Harish Rawat’s no-holds barred attack against him, former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh Friday rejected the Congress Punjab in-charge’s claims and allegations. Singh also said Rawat’s claims were prompted by the pathetic situation Congress found itself in the state after a four-and-a-half-year winning spree.

“Three weeks before stepping down as the CM, I had offered my resignation to Sonia Gandhi but she had asked me to continue,” said Captain Amarinder, adding, the humiliating manner in which he was pushed into resigning just hours before the CLP meeting, which was convened to oust him, was a matter of public record. Read the full report here.

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17:25 (IST)01 Oct 2021
"Urged PM to resolve farmers' crisis," says Punjab CM after meeting Modi

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the matter of farmers' protest and resume dialogue with the protesting farmers. "I demanded that the three laws should be withdrawn," Channi told reporters after meeting Prime Minister Modi.

16:49 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Amarinder was kept in high esteem, given free hand but failed to deliver: Harish Rawat

Days after former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh stated that he was humiliated by the Congress, party general secretary in charge of the state Harish Rawat countered his statement and said Amarinder was “always kept in high esteem by the party” and “was given free hand but he failed to deliver.” He added that the Punjab government led by Charanjit Singh Channi was stable.

In a statement Friday, Rawat said, “Congress has always kept Captain Amarinder Singh and his family in high esteem. Even after suffering a crushing defeat from Patiala Constituency in 1998, he was inducted into the Congress party and immediately appointed by Sonia Gandhi as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on three occasions from 1999 to 2002, 2010 to 2013 and 2015 to 2017. Twice, the Congress party made him the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007 and 2017 to 2021. As the Chief Minister, he was given a complete free hand.”

Rawat said despite continuous reminders from his colleagues and the leadership, “unfortunately, Amarinder failed to keep his promises on important issues like Bargadi, drugs, electricity etc. There was a general perception throughout the state that Captain and the Badals are helping each other, and they have a secret understanding. I was always politely suggesting him to initiate action on our election promises. At least five times I discussed these issues with Captain sahib but with no result.” Read the full report here.

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16:35 (IST)01 Oct 2021
CM Channi meets PM Modi

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in New Delhi.

16:18 (IST)01 Oct 2021
CM Channi arrives at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has reached the 7 Lok Kalyan Marg (LKM) to meet PM Narendra Modi.

14:20 (IST)01 Oct 2021
'Happened for 1st time as they've not made arrangements,' says Badal on delay in paddy procurement

Speaking on the delay in paddy procurement, SAD leader Sukhbir S Badal said, "Punjab's economy depends on agriculture. Paddy procurement starts in Oct every year. State govt has delayed it by 10 days this time, citing moisture pretext. It has happened for the 1st time as they've not made any arrangements. We checked moisture, it's 12.9." 

13:05 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Farmers protest outside DC office in Bathinda, seeking compensation for damaged cotton crop due to pink bollworm attack

Farmers gathered outside the DC office in Bathinda on Friday to seek compensation for cotton crop damaged due to a recent pink bollworm attack. 

12:44 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Congress leader Hooda expresses concern over multiple desertions

Senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday expressed deep concern over recent developments in the party's Punjab unit and multiple desertions, and said the party leadership should hold deliberations on these matters. Hooda, who is part of the G-23 group which wrote a letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi last year seeking organisational overhaul, said weakening of the Congress is also not in national interest. (PTI)

11:00 (IST)01 Oct 2021
CM Channi to meet PM Modi today to discuss delay in paddy procurement

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is set to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today at 4 PM to discuss the delay in paddy procurement. The Centre on Thursday postponed the paddy procurement in Punjab and Haryana till October 11 “over delayed crop maturity due to recent heavy rains”, sparking unrest among farmers in the two agrarian states.

10:53 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Amid storm in Cong, Punjab, an oasis of calm inside Sidhu’s residence

A statue of Ganesha at the entrance of the house, a tortoise on the floor and a laughing Buddha in the living room. The calm at Patiala residence of Navjot Singh Sidhu belies the storm that he has caused in Punjab politics by resigning as the state Congress president.

It has been two days since his resignation on the issue of appointment of ‘tainted’ ministers in the Cabinet and “compromised” state police chief and Advocate General. The house has become the hub of all activities with Congress leaders trooping in and holding parleys with Sidhu, trying to barter a truce with the state government. Electronic mediapersons throng the surroundings and have taken vantage positions at an under-construction building of a neighbour to peek into Sidhu’s compound.

Inside the house, Sidhu holds meetings with his trusted aides and brainstorming sessions with MLAs who support him. Since early morning, Kuljit Singh Nagra, MLA from Fatehgarh Sahib and one of the four working presidents of Punjab Congress, has been present holding discussions with Sidhu and charting the next course of action. Read the full report here. 

09:50 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Punjab Congress crisis: Sidhu, Channi meet, break deadlock on key postings

Two days after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as Punjab Congress chief, throwing the ruling party in the state into fresh turmoil, a key issue that led to the crisis appeared to have been resolved Thursday with Sidhu and Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi reaching an agreement on “contentious” appointments.

Sources told The Indian Express that both sides agreed during a three-hour meeting to leave the decision on the appointment of an Advocate General to the Congress high command. A few hours later, Channi’s government sent a panel of names for the post of DGP to the UPSC — the appointment of DGP IP Singh Sahota had been opposed by Sidhu. Read the full report here. 

09:48 (IST)01 Oct 2021
Not joining BJP but quitting Congress, says Capt; hardens party fault lines

Fault lines appeared to harden in the Congress Thursday between the high command of the Gandhi family and an increasingly isolated group of senior rebels. Veteran leader Amarinder Singh, freshly ousted as Punjab Chief Minister, announced that he was not joining the BJP but would leave the Congress that was going “downhill”.

Meanwhile, more leaders among the old guard went public with their criticism of how the party was being run. Several came forward to condemn the protests at Kapil Sibal’s house Wednesday by Congress workers, calling him “gaddar (traitor)”, as “orchestrated hooliganism”, with a few questioning the party silence over it.

Among those who spoke up was senior party leader and CWC member P Chidambaram, who in a carefully calibrated tweet said: “I feel helpless when we cannot start meaningful conversations within party forums. I also feel hurt and helpless when I see pictures of Congress workers raising slogans outside the residence of a colleague and MP. The safe harbour to which one can withdraw seems to be silence.” Chidambaram could not be reached for comment. Read the full report here.

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi with Navjot Singh Sidhu (File)

Punjab Congress crisis: Sidhu, Channi meet, break deadlock on key postings

Two days after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned as Punjab Congress chief, throwing the ruling party in the state into fresh turmoil, a key issue that led to the crisis appeared to have been resolved Thursday with Sidhu and Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi reaching an agreement on “contentious” appointments.

Sources told The Indian Express that both sides agreed during a three-hour meeting to leave the decision on the appointment of an Advocate General to the Congress high command. A few hours later, Channi’s government sent a panel of names for the post of DGP to the UPSC — the appointment of DGP IP Singh Sahota had been opposed by Sidhu.

Both sides also agreed on a three-member panel, comprising CM Channi, the PPCC chief and AICC general secretary in-charge Harish Rawat, to take collective decisions so that there is no conflict later. “The resignation by Navjot Sidhu will now be rejected,” said sources.

 

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