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Punjab Congress infighting: After Sidhu, CM Amarinder Singh meets high-level panel in Delhi

To resolve the infighting throughout the Punjab Congress unit, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Friday met the three-member panel appointed by AICC president Sonia Gandhi to apprise them of the excellent points throughout the occasion’s state unit.

The three-member panel is headed by Rajya Sabha chief of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge together with Delhi MP JP Agarwal and AICC basic secretary in-charge of Punjab, Harish Rawat. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has been stored within the loop of all of the developments going down with a number of Punjab leaders.

Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu have been concerned in a inner tussle throughout which the latter publicly attacked the CM over the Particular Investigations Crew (SIT) appointed for the sacrilege case, accused him of incompetence, and the inaction on clamping down on the drug mafia within the state.

The previous cupboard minister has pointed fingers at Singh over a number of points, starting from unfulfilled guarantees, his quid professional quo with Akalis and the difficulty of botched-up probe in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan firing instances. As well as, he additionally mentioned that the occasion had methods to get pulled out of their debt-ridden state if their tendency to pocket cash for revenue is checked.

After months of bitter disagreement with Amarinder Singh, Sidhu had a gathering with the high-level panel together with occasion MPs, MLAs and former PCC chiefs and several other different leaders.

After the assembly, Sidhu instructed the media, “I got here on the invitation of the excessive command. No matter they requested me concerning the folks of Punjab, I apprised them. I’ve come to guarantee that the voice of the folks of Punjab reaches the excessive command. I’ve come to convey their message. My stand is that the democratic energy of those that goes to the federal government within the type of taxes ought to return to the folks, in no matter type. I got here to inform the reality. The facility of the folks should return to the folks. I’ve fully uncovered the reality. The reality could also be oppressed nevertheless it can’t be defeated. So I’ve introduced the reality of Punjab to the discover of the excessive command. We have now to make the reality victorious and defeat each anti-Punjab pressure.” He refused to talk additional.

With barely a yr left for Meeting elections within the state, there may be uneasiness, with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s detractors planning to open a entrance towards him. Sources mentioned Navjot Singh Sidhu had conferences with a few ministers and a few MLAs to plan their technique.

He, as Cupboard minister, had instructed to the federal government {that a} state having three rivers could make a whole bunch of crores from sand. He additionally acknowledged that it might make a whole bunch of crores from liquor as properly. His strategies, nevertheless, had been trashed.

It’s mentioned that Sidhu, together with a number of different ministers, had deliberate to ramp up strain on Captain to guide the perpetrators of the Baragri sacrilege case and the following police firing instances of Kotkapura.

In line with sources, a gaggle of 38 MLAs and ministers got here collectively to “impress upon the occasion excessive command that folks of Punjab had been upset with the Congress authorities for not delivering justice in sacrilege case, bringing large fish to guide in medicine difficulty, failing to make electrical energy cheaper, and {that a} notion had 4 a robust footing within the minds of those that there was a quid-pro-quo between Congress and the Akalis”.

BJP takes swipe at Congress over inner combat; AAP accuses occasion of abandoning Punjab 

Responding to the continuing infighting withing the state Congress unit, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar mentioned, “As we speak, the whole (Congress) occasion and the federal government of Punjab are in Delhi. Who will take care of Punjab? Ignoring Punjab for his or her inner combat. This can be a large sin of Congress.”

Targetting Rahul Gandhi, Javadekar mentioned, “I’d counsel to Rahul that as an alternative of giving lectures to others, he ought to first assume how works may be completed correctly in his state,” he mentioned. The minister additionally accused Capt Amarinder Singh of “making a revenue” out of the free vaccine doses supplied by the Centre.

In the meantime, AAP chief Raghav Chadha accused the occasion of abandoning Punjab. “There’s a political earthquake happening in Punjab. Whereas 27 different states in nation are busy preventing the Covid pandemic, in Punjab, (Congress leaders) are preventing with one another,” Chadha mentioned whereas addressing the media on Thursday in Delhi.

In line with sources, Navjot Singh Sidhu could also be known as again to the Punjab cupboard and be supplied the put up of deputy chief minister, so as to deliver again normalcy.

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