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Navjot Singh Sidhu meets Sonia as Amarinder Singh opposes any move to make him PCC chief

Navjot Singh Sidhu met with Gandhi in the morning in Delhi, after which party sources indicated that his elevation as head of the Punjab Congress could be announced later that day. But there was no announcement

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Chandigarh. The crisis in the Punjab Congress showed no signs of ending on Friday with the party’s high command apparently firm in its decision to appoint Navjot Singh Sidhu as chair of the PPCC and Prime Minister Amarinder Singh writing to Sonia Gandhi expressing strong reservations about such a move.

Navjot Singh Sidhu met with Gandhi in the morning in Delhi, after which party sources indicated that his elevation as head of the Punjab Congress could be announced later that day. But there was no announcement. Meanwhile, sources close to the Chief Minister of Punjab said that he has written to Gandhi conveying his strong opposition and reiterating that a person from the Hindu community be appointed as the head of PPCC.

The party’s Punjab affairs officer Harish Rawat, who was present at the meeting at Gandhi’s Janpath No. 10 residence, will fly to Chandigarh on Saturday in what is seen as a last-ditch effort to placate the Chief Minister. Although Navjot Singh Sidhu did not speak to the media, Rawat told reporters that he delivered a note to the president of Congress and that she will make the final decision. Asked whether the party leadership has decided to appoint Sidhu as the head of the PPCC, he said: “Who told you … I will let you know once a decision is made.”

Sources said Amarinder, in his letter, has said that Navjot Singh Sidhu’s elevation will upset senior party members in the state. He also said that he fears a split if the party goes ahead and appoints Navjot Singh Sidhu as the head of PPCC. Furthermore, he said that the elevation of Navjot Singh Sidhu will upset the Hindu community. How can two Jat Sikhs be in leadership positions? Furthermore, you are dismissing a Hindu and appointing a Jat Sikh as head of the PPCC. Obviously it will bother them, ”said a leader close to the CM.

The current head of the PPCC, Sunil Jakhar, is Hindu. Punjab’s Lok Sabha MP Manish Tewari, who considers himself close to Amarinder, interestingly tweeted Punjab’s demographics just before Navjot Singh Sidhu met Gandhi. He said Sikhs make up 57.75 percent of the state’s population, while Hindus and Dalits make up 38.49 and 31.94 percent, respectively.

“Punjab is both progressive and secular, but balancing social interest groups is key. Equality is the foundation of social justice! “He tweeted, tagging Congress and Rawat. Another party leader and chairman of the Punjab Greater Industrial Development Board, Pawan Dewan, sought to know the representation of the Hindu community in key positions in the state unit.” President of the Punjab Congress – Jat Sikh (if Sidhu is appointed head of the state Congress) CM: Jat Sikh President of the Punjab Youth Congress – Chairman of the Jat Sikh Campaign Committee – Jat Sikh Hindu kaha hai [where is the representation of the Hindu community]? “he tweeted.

Sources said that after Amarinder let it be known that he was upset, Navjot Singh Sidhu won the support of at least five ministers and 10-15 MLAs. In the midst of this, the presence of Amarinder’s OSD Narinder Bhambri at the residence of Gandhi, who arrived there with an envelope just before the meeting between the president of Congress and Sidhu, fueled speculation. The Chief Minister’s media adviser, Raveen Thukral, said Amarinder had made it clear Thursday that he would not resign. However, the Punjab unit was excited that he had threatened to resign.

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Interestingly, Amarinder addressed the issue of the threat from Pakistan in relation to Punjab once again and wrote a letter to the Prime Minister requesting an early resolution of the farmers’ agitation. He wrote: “The situation is currently under control, but I fear that the provocative statements and behaviors of some political parties and the emotional reaction could create public order problems and also cause irreversible damage to the hard-won peace in the state.” He underscored the need for the Center to address the “genuine concerns of farmers.” Sources close to Amarinder claimed that Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan in 2018 and his “warm relationship” with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan could be exploited by the BJP in elections.

Sources said that with the head of PPCC, the appointment of two acting presidents, the head of the campaign committee, the head of the coordination committee and the head of the manifesto committee is also likely to be made.

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