AICC chief meets Amarinder Singh to resolve commotion in Punjab Congress
- AICC chief Harish Rawat met the Punjab CM a day after the CM shot a letter to Sonia Gandhi
- Navjot Singh Sidhu met state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar
- There is speculation around a change of guard in the Punjab Congress
Riven with internal strife, the Punjab Congress saw a flurry of hectic activity on Saturday.
Harish Rawat, the All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary, flew down to meet Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu called on state party chief Sunil Jakhar on Saturday.
The morning saw speculation mount about Sidhu being appointed the head of state Congress despite Amarinder Singh’s misgivings.
Rawat reached Chandigarh in a chopper around 12 noon and went straight to the chief minister’s farmhouse in Mohali. The visit was seen as an effort to placate Amarinder, who wrote a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday.
In his letter, Singh is said to have written that giving the post to Sidhu, a Jat Sikh, would upset the party’s senior leaders representing the Hindu community and harm the party’s prospects in the 2022 assembly elections.
Earlier in the morning, Navjot Singh Sidhu met Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sunil Jakhar. After nearly a half-an-hour long meeting, Sidhu said Jakhar is his elder brother and a guiding force. Jakhar, in turn, described Sidhu as a ‘capable man’.
Sidhu had met Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi on Friday in an apparent bid to arrive at a truce formula over the state unit revamp.
The flurry of meetings among senior leaders comes in the backdrop of simmering tensions in the Punjab Congress following differences between Amarinder and Sidhu.
In case the Congress decides to appoint Sidhu as PPCC chief, there will be two Jat Sikhs in key posts. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is also a Jat Sikh. Jakhar, the current chief of the state Congress, is a Hindu.
There is also talk of appointing two working presidents — a Dalit and a Hindu to balance caste equations, according to PTI.