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‘Will accept what party chief decides’: Amarinder after meeting Sonia Gandhi amid Punjab Congress crisis

This was Sonia's first meeting with the embattled Chief Minister since she had set up a three-member panel headed by Mallikarjun Kharge to look into the problems in the state unit, triggered by a wave of discontent among party MLAs and senior leaders. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 6, 2021 9:06:39 pm
Amarinder Singh meets Sonia GandhiPunjab CM Amarinder Singh and Sonia Gandhi. (File Photo)

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh met Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi in a bid to resolve the crisis that has gripped the state Congress unit months before key Assembly elections.

After holding about 80 minute long meeting with Gandhi at her residence, 10 Janpath, Amarinder, while addressing the media briefly, said, “I came to meet the Congress President. We discussed the development works of the government in Punjab and the internal matters of the party.”

He added that, “Whatever the Congress President decides on Punjab, we will accept it.”

Amarinder further said, in the meeting, they discussed political developments in the state and repeatedly emphasised that whatever “she decides would be acceptable to him.”

On whether ex-minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was being given any role, he said, “I do not know anything about ‘Sidhu saab.”

Amarinder appeared confident while he was addressing the media. The meeting was also attended by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi had met Sonia Gandhi before Amarinder’s meeting but had left.

This was Sonia’s first meeting with the embattled Chief Minister since she had set up a three-member panel headed by Kharge to look into the problems in the state unit, triggered by a wave of discontent among party MLAs and senior leaders.

Last week, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi had met Navjot Singh Sidhu, one of Amarinder’s main detractors, and are said to have offered him a prominent role in the party to placate him.

The lingering fallout of the 2015 desecration incident at Bargari is the biggest stumbling block the party is facing now. In April, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had quashed the Special Investigation Team set up to probe the desecration case. Within days, CM Amarinder set up a new SIT. But that did little to assuage the anger on the streets. Soon enough, the cracks within Amarinder’s team split wide open.

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