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Punjab Congress rift: Panel meets party’s former state chiefs, MPs

New Delhi, June 2

The Congress committee set as much as resolve factionalism within the get together’s Punjab unit on Wednesday met former state chiefs and a few MPs, who’re learnt to have raised points associated to governance within the state.

Sources mentioned some leaders additionally demanded that the organisation in Punjab be set proper forward of the 2022 meeting elections.

Among the many leaders who met the panel on Wednesday had been former Congress Punjab chiefs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Pratap Singh Bajwa, Shamsher Singh Dullo, Mohinder Singh Kaypee and H S Hanspal.

The panel, chaired by Mallikarjun Kharge, additionally met get together MPs Preneet Kaur, Manish Tewari and Jasbir Singh Gill ‘Dimpa’.

The sources mentioned the committee—constituted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi—will meet Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in a day or two. Amarinder Singh is prone to be within the nationwide capital on Thursday, they mentioned.

The three-member panel, which has former MP JP Agarwal and All India Congress Committee common secretary Harish Rawat as its members, was fashioned amid an open disagreement between Amarinder Singh and his former cupboard colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Sidhu, who represents Amritsar East within the Punjab meeting, has been attacking his get together’s authorities within the state for failing to take motion towards these concerned within the desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in 2015 and subsequent firing incidents in Kotkapura in Faridkot.

The sources mentioned former Punjab Congress chief Dullo is learnt to have sought the get together’s “cleaning” and extra accessibility of the chief minister.

Some get together MLAs from Punjab additionally met the three-member panel they usually embrace Balbir Sidhu, Raminder Awla, Nathu Ram, Kushaldeep Dhillon, Harjot Kamal, Sunil Datti, Fateh Bajwa, Kuljit Nagra, Parminder Pinki, Sukhpal Bhullar and Dalbir Singh Goldy.

Dullo is learnt to have backed for an overhaul of the get together unit within the state and alleged that the get together has been inactive ever because the Congress got here to energy within the state.

He reportedly informed the panel that the Congress have to be revived and conventional and constant Congressmen be promoted.

The panel has been holding discussions with get together leaders from the state since Monday and can wind up its deliberations by Friday. It is going to submit its report by the weekend.

Sources mentioned the panel is tasked with not simply ending factionalism but additionally accommodating Sidhu within the authorities.

Sidhu together with others could also be elevated to rank of deputy chief minister. However all selections will probably be taken solely after consultations with the chief minister, they mentioned. — PTI


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