Sidhu likely to be appointed as Punjab Congress chief

Sidhu likely to be appointed as Punjab Congress chief

Chandigarh: Rebel Congress leader of Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu likely to be appointed as Punjab Congress Committee (PCC) chief shortly, to douse the infight that has threatened its preparation for next year’s Assembly elections

Mr. Sidhu and the chief minister Amarinder Singh are at logger's heads, the former had raised a red flag against the Chief Minister on many occasions especially frequent power-cuts in the state. 

Sources in the Congress said that Mr. Sidhu likely to replace Sunil Jakkar. Party also contemplating to appoint two working Presidents- along with Sidhu, one leader from Dalit community will be appointed as working President. 

Recently Mr. Sidhu had a meeting with Gandhi’s. He met AICC President Sonia Gandhi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, discussed about ongoing developments in Punjab. 

According to compromise formula, the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will reshuffle his cabinet by sacking ineffective ministers. New faces will be inducted to the cabinet. 

Congress MLAs have urged that representation should be given to Dalit community, based on the request of MLAs, AICC President Sonia Gandhi constituted a three-member committee to resolve the crisis in party state unit. 

Following his meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Amarinder Singh has agreed to a truce with Sidhu. Mr. Amarinder Singh said he will accept “whatever decision is taken by the party high command”. 

Read: Power cuts in Punjab: Sidhu attacks Amarinder Singh

His meeting with AICC chief, following Sidhu's meeting with Gandhi’s. Both Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu have maintained a running feud since 2017. Mr Sidhu wanted to become Deputy Chief Minister in the Amarinder Singh cabinet, but Mr. Singh has scuttled his ambition. 

Navjot Sidhu was Congress’s star campaigner in the 2017 Assembly polls. Though he served as minister in Amarinder Singh cabinet but resigned two years later, following Singh had downgraded his ministry.