Navjot Singh Sidhu likely to become Punjab Congress chief to end clashes in the party

The Congress is likely to suitably accomodate disgruntled Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, as the party chief. While Sidhu has differences with Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the party looks for an early end to the crisis in the state unit as elections are scheduled next year, news agency ANI reported.

To reduce the impact of anti-incumbency, there is a possibility of a reshuffle in the Punjab cabinet, a senior party leader said, adding “Navjot Singh Sidhu is also expected to get some big responsibility.”

Sidhu had met Ex Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday. 

The state will face elections early next year and a series of meetings have been held in the past few weeks to resolve factionalism and other problems.

The panel formed to resolve problems in the state unit had also suggested accommodating Sidhu. An amicable solution is expected soon, sources said.

Party general secretary and member of the panel on Punjab, Harish Rawat said Sidhu’s meetings with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi must have come with positive agenda.

“Navjot Singh Sidhu’s meetings with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are a good sign, and this will help resolve the issue. If Sidhu has come to meet the senior leaders of the party, he would have come with a positive agenda. I think there could be a resolution soon,” Rawat told ANI.

The meeting between Navjot Singh Sidhu and Rahul Gandhi had lasted more than 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh held a meeting earlier on Friday with the senior colleagues of the party from urban areas of Punjab in Chandigarh.

“We have begun preparations for 2022 Assembly elections. Captain Sahib and Sidhuji are our big leaders. Captain Sahib is leading us and is capable of it. Today’s meeting was neither lunch diplomacy nor a show of strength, it was a meeting of CM with party leaders,” said party leader Gurjeet S Aujla.

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