Punjab Congress Crisis: Sonia Gandhi dials party MPs, asks to ensure ‘unity’ ahead of polls
The move of High Command to accommodate Sidhu as PPCC Chief was to end the party infighting however it seems like the wedge has further widened.Author : Tanvi
Congress interim Chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday held a meeting with Punjab unit Parliamentarians after announcing Navjot Sidhu as state unit Chief.
According to the sources, Sonia Gandhi is to said to have asked the party leaders to ensure unity ahead of the 2022 Assembly Elections so the party can attain a landslide victory in the polls. She has further redressed the grievances of the leaders as Sidhu gets elevated to the top rank in the state unit.
MP Manish Tewari, Pratap Singh Bajwa, Ravneet Bittu, Gurjeet Singh Aujla, and Amar Singh, among other leaders, spoke to the interim Chief and have requested her to do not sideline the senior leaders from the state.
The move of High Command to accommodate Sidhu as PPCC Chief was to end the party infighting however it seems like the wedge has further widened.
Showing dissent towards the High Command’s decision, the
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs of Punjab Congress had met at the residence of
Pratap Singh Bajwa. Reports were also there that the former PPCC Chief, Punjab
Speaker Rana KP Singh and cabinet minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi had also organized
a meeting with CM Capt Amarinder Singh at his residence on Saturday evening.
In the past week, Punjab CM in a meeting with Congress general secretary and in charge state unit affairs, Harish Rawat has assured that he will accept the decision taken by the High Command, however, slightly in his own way.
Capt Amarinder Singh is said to have conveyed to the High Command that he will only meet Sidhu after the latter would apologize publically for leveling derogatory remarks against him,
Notably, the simmering tension between the two leaders was also visible on Monday as Capt Amarinder called all Congress MLAs and MPs for a luncheon, except for the newly appointed PPCC Chief.
Additionally, ten Congress MLAs have come out in support of Punjab CM and have urged the High Command to prioritize Capt Amarinder.