Navjot Sidhu, Rawat’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi over, decision on Sidhu’s coronation still pending
Rawat said that as soon as he gets to know about her decision regarding Punjab Congress, he'll let media all know.Author : Avneet Kaur
Disgruntled Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat on Friday met party high command Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath. The meeting lasted for nearly an hour.
Navjot Singh Sidhu came out but did not speak to the media. When Rawat came out, he told the media that he had submitted his report to the party high command. The verdict will come soon. However, he refrained from saying anything.
Rawat said that as soon as he gets to know about her decision regarding Punjab Congress, he'll let media all know.
The meeting comes in the wake of speculation that Sidhu is likely to be made the state president, which has upset Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, sources said.
The Congress is mulling an idea of appointing a Dalit and an upper caste Hindu as the working presidents.
The names of Raj Kumar Verka and Santokh Chaudhary are being considered for the working president post as both are Dalits and can counter the Akali Dal-BSP alliance impact.
While another from the Hindu community is to balance the equation, Vijay Inder Singla could be appointed as another working president. Not only this, the party is mulling to reshuffle cabinet in the state ahead of the Assembly polls and give more representation to the Dalit community in the state.
Punjab Congress in-charge Harish Rawat on Thursday had said it may take some time but to balance the equation in the state, the party is working on the formula to appoint Sidhu in a prominent position, while asserting that Amarinder Singh has already said that he will abide by the high command's decision.
"The party is working on a formula to appoint two working presidents and elections will be fought under the leadership of the Chief Minister," said Rawat.
It is learned that the Congress High Command has taken the whole matter seriously following the developments in the Punjab Congress since last evening and the news of meetings between Sidhu and Capt Amarinder Singh's camps. That is why this morning Sidhu was invited to Delhi by Sonia Gandhi. It is believed that after this a major decision could be taken in the case of Punjab Congress.