Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi tomorrow as the party makes desperate attempts to resolve his feud with Navjot Singh Sidhu and end infighting ahead of polls in Punjab next year. Navjot Singh had met with Priyanka Vadra and Rahul Gandhi last week.
Congress is trying to bring both the leaders on a table
Days before that, Amarinder Singh had met with a three- member panel appointed by Sonia Gandhi to recommend a solution to the Punjab feud but had left Delhi without meeting with Gandhis. Tomorrow’s meeting could be key – the Congress is trying to bring both the leaders on a table. Sources say that a formula would require Sidhu to be accommodate a top post either in the Punjab Congress or the State government.
Sidhu may share the job of party chief in Punjab with another leader!
According to sources, Sidhu may share the job of party chief in Punjab with another leader and Amarinder Singh’s cabinet may see some changes if the formula gains the acceptance of all concerned. Rahul Gandhi had initially denied any meeting with the cricketer-turned-politician, which fuelled speculation as Sidhu’s team had announced his meeting with the Gandhis before he drove to Delhi last week.
Rift not ending in Punjab Congress
Amarinder Singh has been facing the anger of a section of his party colleagues in Punjab over a legal setback in a 2015 case. Many in Punjab Congress accuse the chief minister of not fighting strongly enough for an emotive cause that could impact them in the polls.
Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Congress star campaigner in the 2017 Punjab polls, became a minister in the Amarinder Singh government but quit two years later after his ministry was downgraded.
For the Congress, it is an increasingly sticky problem with neither faction pulling any punches. Last week, Sidhu put out a series of tweets targeting Amarinder Singh over the Punjab power crisis. Soon after, details emerged of his unpaid electricity bills worth Rs 8 lakh.