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Navjot Singh Sidhu Likely To Be Named Punjab Congress Chief: Sources

Navjot Singh Sidhu is more likely to be appointed as chief of the Congress’ state unit, sources mentioned.

Highlights

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu will exchange Sunil Jakkar
  • Amarinder Singh could take away Charanjit Channi Gurpreet Kangar from cupboard
  • Punjab Congress is making an attempt to current united face for subsequent 12 months’s polls

Chandigarh:

Navjot Singh Sidhu is more likely to be appointed as chief of the Congress’ Punjab unit shortly, sources mentioned Thursday afternoon, because the get together closes in on a components to quell the extreme infighting that has endangered its marketing campaign for subsequent 12 months’s Assembly election.

Mr Sidhu, whose long-running feud with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was the spotlight of the infighting, will exchange Sunil Jakkar, with two different leaders more likely to be named Working Presidents – one from the Dalit neighborhood and the opposite a Hindu face.

As a part of the compromise Amarinder Singh will even overhaul his Council of Ministers, with Charanjit Channi and Gurpreet Kangar amongst these more likely to be sacked.

Assembly Speaker Rana KP Singh and MLA Raj Kumar Verka, a pacesetter inside the Dalit neighborhood, among the many three or 4 new faces anticipated to be inducted.

Representation of the Dalit neighborhood was one of many calls for put ahead by MLAs final month to the three-member committee arrange by get together chief Sonia Gandhi to resolve this challenge.

Other calls for and ache factors included dissatisfaction with Amarinder Singh’s management, notably close to authorized setbacks to the 2015 case involving the desecration of the Sikh spiritual textual content and police firing throughout ensuing peaceable protests.

More just lately Mr Sidhu additionally slammed Mr Singh over the state’s energy disaster, though that spherical of assaults included swipes on the opposition Akali Dal). The ministry is headed by Amarinder Singh.

Last month, Mr Sidhu informed NDTV he was able to work with Mr Singh however provided that the Chief Minister met guarantees made to the individuals earlier than the final meeting elections.

News of a compromise between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu comes per week after the Chief Minister met get together chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi.

After the assembly he mentioned he would settle for “whatever decision is taken by the Congress high command” – feedback seen as a big step in the direction of settling his feud with Mr Sidhu.

The assembly with Mrs Gandhi got here days after Mr Sidhu met Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. That assembly was facilitated by Ms Gandhi Vadra, after Mr Gandhi initially dismissed speak of a scheduled interplay with the previous cricketer.

Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu have maintained a working feud because the 2017 election; Mr Sidhu hoped to be made Deputy Chief Minister however that transfer was reportedly scuttled by Mr Singh.

Mr Sidhu, the Congress’s star campaigner within the 2017 polls, as a substitute grew to become a minister within the Amarinder Singh authorities however give up two years later after his ministry was downgraded.

After extended silence and detachment from get together affairs, he started re-targeting Amarinder Singh in current months, changing into a hard-to-ignore downside within the run-up to the Punjab polls.

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