On the same day that Navjot Singh Sidhu, a disgruntled Congress leader and former Punjab minister, met with the party’s high command in Delhi, Punjab President Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s camp declared they would not back the plan to elevate Sidhu to state Congress chief.
Navjot Singh Sidhu met former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at their home in Delhi on Wednesday. According to sources in the Congress, the party is expected to make an announcement about Navjot Singh Sidhu’s future role within 48 hours.
According to sources close to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, he may agree to accept Navjot Singh Sidhu as deputy chief minister in his cabinet if the party’s high command requests it. The Punjab Congress leaders, on the other hand, are adamantly opposed to Navjot Singh Sidhu becoming the new Punjab Congress Chief (PCC).
According to supporters of Capt Amarinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu joined the Congress shortly before the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections. They claimed that many top party leaders had decades of experience as grassroots workers with the party.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, on the other hand, refuted these claims, claiming that Capt Amarinder Singh had lost three elections and was floating his own political party when he was appointed party president.
Meanwhile, Punjab government spokesperson and senior Congress leader Dr. Raj Kumar Verka told India Today that Capt Amarinder Singh was expected to meet with the party’s top command soon to present his case.
Dr. Verka stated that approximately 80 Congress members of the legislature appeared before the three-member Congress panel to express their views. Rahul Gandhi, the former president of the Congress Party, also met with some politicians, including MLAs and Members of Parliament.
“Navjot Singh Sidhu is one of them who spoke to the party high command. Now he has met Priyanka Gandhi and maybe he will be able to meet Rahul Gandhi as well. Whether meeting Priyanka Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi or both have equal importance. Captain Amarinder Singh will meet the central leadership soon to discuss the matter,” Dr Verka said. The party’s high command, according to Dr. Verka, has already directed the state leadership to work together to fix all of the difficulties. Dr. Verka noted that some leaders were criticizing their own administration, which amounted to indiscipline, but did not name Navjot Singh Sidhu.
“I hope that the stalemate ends in a peaceful manner. All Congressmen will be under one platform within a week and will work together. The decision of the party high command will be final and acceptable to all. Be it Captain Amrinder Singh, Navjot Singh Sidhu, small or big, nobody can dare to go against the decision of the party high command,” Dr Verka said.