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Post meeting with Rahul Gandhi: Navjot Singh Sidhu silent on resignation, Rawat says he will stay on as PPCC chief

Sidhu’s meeting with Gandhi came a day after he met AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal and Rawat at the AICC headquarters. Rawat was also present during Sidhu’s meeting with Gandhi, which stretched on for one-and-a-half hours.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev | Chandigarh |
Updated: October 16, 2021 5:28:56 am
After an hour-and-half-long meeting, held in presence of Rawat, Sidhu told the media, “Whatever concerns I had, I shared those with Rahul ji. All those concerns are sorted out.” (Express file photo by Jasbir Malhi)

Navjot Singh Sidhu has withdrawn his resignation as Punjab Congress chief and will soon resume his duties, party general secretary in-charge Harish Rawat Friday said after the cricketer-turned-politician met Rahul Gandhi in Delhi and was “assured” that whatever concerns he had will be sorted out.

Sidhu’s meeting with Gandhi came a day after he met AICC general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal and Rawat at the AICC headquarters. Rawat was also present during Sidhu’s meeting with Gandhi, which stretched on for one and a half hours.

Emerging from the meeting, Sidhu told the media: “Whatever concerns I had, I shared those with Rahul ji. All those concerns are sorted out”.

He refused to speak anything on his resignation.

Later, in a tweet he said: “I have shared my concerns with @RahulGandhi Ji, was assured they will be sorted out.” In his tweet too he did not mention anything about the resignation.

Rawat, on the other hand, told the media that Sidhu told Gandhi that has withdrawn his resignation, “Sidhu shared his concerns with Rahul Gandhi and he was told that those would be taken care of. He assured Rahul Gandhi that he has withdrawn his resignation and will resume his duties as the PPCC chief,” Rawat told the media after the meeting.

Sidhu had stepped down as Punjab Congress chief on September 28 and posted his resignation letter on Twitter. No decision on his resignation was taken by the party leadership yet.

Sources in the AICC said, Sidhu was kept waiting at Punjab Bhawan for the meeting with Gandhi, which took place at 8 pm and that too in presence of Rawat.

It is learnt that Sidhu was told that he would have to deal with the general secretary in-charge and would not have a direct line to Gandhi siblings. The party top leadership, it is learnt, was miffed with Sidhu for tweeting his resignation and hitting out at Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s government on social media.

The party leadership had been waiting for Sidhu to announce withdrawal of his resignation. At least three rapprochement meetings took place with Sidhu – first in presence of AICC observer Harish Chaudhary, second with Venugopal and Rawat, and on Friday with Gandhi and Rawat.

During the meeting with Venugopal and Rawat, the Punjab Congress leader raised his concerns over the 18-point agenda taken up by the leadership on which actions are pending. These included action against those involved in the sacrilege issue and the drugs mafia.

Sidhu had earlier raised concerns about the choice of DGP and AG made by Channi. The party had agreed on sending a panel on DGP to UPSC but had dug in its heels on AG. Sidhu had posted videos on social media saying he would not compromise.

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