Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was declared the Punjab Congress chief this night after weeks of infighting and in face of robust opposition by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. The sign-off got here as a bunch of MPs supporting the Chief Minister sought to fulfill occasion chief Sonia Gandhi and put ahead their views. The order, signed by occasion basic Secretary KC Venugopal, additionally named 4 working presidents as an alternative of the anticipated two.Sources stated none of them have been vetted by Mr Singh.
The names confirmed the occasion balancing out the elevation of Mr Sidhu by assembly Mr Singh’s demand of holding concentrate on Hindus and Dalits.
The working presidents are Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Kuljit Nagra and Pawan Goyal.
Sources stated whereas Mr Gilzian was one of many disaffected MLAs who accused Mr Singh’s authorities of not doing something for Dalits, Mr Danny is seen as a supporter of the Chief Minister. Mr Nagra, sources stated, has the ear of Rahul Gandhi.
Mr Nagra later tweeted:
I’ll strive my greatest to dwell as much as the belief proven in me and serve the Social gathering and the folks of State to my greatest capability. pic.twitter.com/YHnOZSCNtC
— Kuljit Nagra (@kuljitnagra1) July 18, 2021
The final two days handed in a flurry of conferences by either side to consolidate their positions, regardless of the peace system supplied by the Gandhis after detailed session with Mr Sidhu and Mr Singh.
Whereas Mr Sidhu went into motion mode yesterday from Patiala — the Chief Minister’s house turf — rounding up MLAs, the Workforce Amarinder, led by Rajya Sabha MP Pratap Singh Bajwa, went right into a huddle with Punjab MPs in Delhi this morning.
The plan was to inform Mrs Gandhi that over the past 5 years, Mr Sidhu has behaved in probably the most erratic trend and has no grip on the organisation, sources stated. Leaders additionally stated that old-timers within the occasion have been upset with the selection of Mr Sidhu — whom they see as a “BJP reject” — calling the photographs.
The transfer by Workforce Amarinder got here a day after Mr Singh gave his assent to the Central management’s determination to raise Mr Sidhu. However he additionally offered a set of riders, not less than considered one of which didn’t go nicely.
Mr Singh had demanded a public apology from Mr Sidhu about his disparaging tweets. However none got here. Upset, the 79-yar-old Chief Minister has refused to fulfill Mr Sidhu, occasion sources stated.
Mr Singh additionally sought a free hand with the state cupboard reshuffle and the appointment of the three working presidents below Mr Sidhu. The reshuffle is predicted to concentrate on the induction of Hindus and Dalits.
In Patiala, in the meantime, Mr Sidhu has been assembly occasion MLAs by the day. Yesterday he met 30 MLAs, extra have been on immediately’s checklist.