AMID the possibility of Navjot Singh Sidhu being made the Punjab Congress chief, 11 MLAs on Sunday came out in support of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh whom they called the “tallest leader of masses” and appealed to the party high command not to let him down. Cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu, in the meantime, stepped up his efforts and reached out to more party leaders and legislators for their support. In another development, Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar, who is likely to lose his job in the revamp of the State unit, has called a meeting of party legislators and district unit presidents on Monday to pass a resolution expressing support to any decision taken by party president Sonia Gandhi.
Jakhar’s statement came amid suspense over the much-awaited announcement from the party high command on the resolution of festering internal feud in the Punjab Congress. There are reports that Sidhu is likely to be appointed as the State Congress chief. There is also talk of appointing working presidents to balance the caste equations. The possible changes have triggered a flurry of meetings in Delhi and Punjab. Nine out of 11 Congress MPs from the State met at the residence of Partap Singh Bajwa in Delhi on Sunday.
Navjot Singh Sidhu appointed as Punjab Congress President
July 18 (ANI)
CONGRESS leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been appointed as President of the party’s Punjab unit ahead of Assembly elections due next year. Sidhu’s appointment came after months of infighting in the State unit as the former cricket had started openly rebelled against Captain Amarinder Singh’s Government over several issues. Besides Sidhu, Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi has also appointed Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel and Kuljit Singh Nagra as Working Presidents of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.