The Punjab cauldron is simmering. As Navjot Singh Sidhu gears up for his elevation because the president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, the approaching collectively of chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh and Pratap Singh Bajwa, who’ve been at loggerheads for lengthy, has added a splash of spice to the tussle and should depart a bitter style in Sidhu’s fastidiously curated energy dish.
Sidhu, who’s seeking to cement his place within the celebration, has met over 30 MLAs up to now two days, breaking bread with them at a number of events. The smooth posturing is seen as a direct problem to Captain, who has brazenly derided Sidhu — a lot to the chagrin of the Congress high brass.
To make issues worse for Sidhu, Punjab MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will meet at Bajwa’s residence in Delhi on Sunday after which ask for time from Sonia Gandhi to advise her in opposition to appointing Sidhu.
As far as Captain is worried, he made his stand clear on Saturday. “I’m a fauji (soldier) and I by no means depart the battlefield”. With these phrases, Singh signalled to his supporters huddled at his residence on Saturday that he was not going to ‘quit the struggle’.
With hypothesis rife that Sidhu is being projected to take over because the celebration’s state chief, the previous cricketer spent the complete first half of Saturday cosying as much as senior leaders from the state whereas AICC common secretary and Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat, barely a couple of kilometres away, tried to placate a fuming Captain.
A day earlier, the chief minister wrote a letter expressing his ‘displeasure’ about Sidhu’s potential new function to Sonia Gandhi, claiming that the celebration would break up as a result of Sidhu’s working type.
In the meantime, the temporary given to Sidhu was very clear: that he must take everybody alongside and this might additionally imply that he would wish to succeed in out to the Amarinder Singh.
Congress sources stated that the second the CM heard that Sidhu would meet him, he instructed Rawat, who was visiting Chandigarh, that he was able to make an announcement that Sonia Gandhi’s resolution on the prized submit can be accepted.
Nonetheless, he added that he wouldn’t meet Sidhu until the previous cricketer and his bête noire apologised for his derogatory tweets and interviews, sources stated.
He added, “the collection of leaks and public statements which attacked me had finished irreparable injury to the Congress celebration in Punjab and it was most unlucky; the best way Delhi was dealing with the state,” sources stated.
Just some days again, the Punjab CM had issued an announcement that there was no query of him retiring. The truth is, his laborious stand has additionally compelled the Congress celebration to make clear that the upcoming elections might be fought underneath his management.
The Congress has made it very clear that there was no query of Captain Amarinder Singh being changed or requested to step down. At the same time as different political events gear up for the 2022 battle, the Congress is caught in a battle of its personal; that the Captain can’t get together with Navjot Singh Sidhu, amid the previous cricketer’s very clear ambition to finally exchange Singh.