Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022

Punjab Congress Crisis: Navjot Singh Sidhu Meets Priyanka Gandhi

Sidhu tweeted a picture with a caption, 'Had a long meeting with Priyanka Gandhi'

Navjot Singh Sidhu met Priyanka Gandhi in Delhi on Wednesday. (Twitter/@SherryOnTopp)

Hours after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said he had no meeting scheduled with Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Punjab politician met party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in New Delhi on Wednesday. The meeting lasted three hours.

Sidhu tweeted a picture with a caption, “Had a long meeting with Priyanka Gandhi.”

The two discussed Sidhu’s role in the revamp in the party's state unit ahead of assembly polls.

The former Punjab minister is at loggerheads with Chief minister Amarinder Singh and has gone public against him. 

The Congress leadership is trying to revamp the party's Punjab unit and present a united face ahead of assembly elections in the state early next year.

Sources said the party leadership is trying to work out a position for Sidhu in the revamped party or state government, but he is adamant on not working with CM Singh.

 Rahul Gandhi has been meeting party leaders from Punjab for their views on the political situation and steps needed to strengthen the party ahead of the 2022 assembly polls.

Sidhu, who had resigned from the Punjab Cabinet after he was divested of the local bodies portfolio in 2019, has been at loggerheads with Chief Minister Singh.

He has attacked the chief minister over the alleged delay in justice in the 2015 incidents of sacrilege and subsequent police firing.

The chief minister had slammed Sidhu for continuously attacking him over the sacrilege issue and termed the former's outbursts "total indiscipline".

Earlier this month, Sidhu had appeared before a three-member panel set up by the Congress to resolve the infighting within the party's state unit.

On June 22, Singh appeared before the panel, headed by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, in Delhi. However, he returned to Chandigarh without an audience with party president Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi.

AICC general secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat and former MP J P Aggarwal are members of the panel.

With PTI inputs