In the meeting held between Navjot Singh Sidhu and Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday amidst the ongoing turmoil in the Punjab Congress, a way of reconciliation has been found. After the meeting, sources said that Navjot Singh Sidhu may continue as the President of Punjab Congress. In the meeting, it has been agreed to set up a coordination panel to bring harmony among the party leaders. This panel will be consulted before taking any major decision from the Punjab government. Along with CM Navjot Singh Sidhu and AICC representatives can be included in this panel.
Sources in PTI said the committee may include the chief minister, Sidhu and a representative of the All India Congress Committee (AICC). Sources said that the AICC may make an announcement in this regard. However, the picture is still not clear about how the differences arising over the appointment of DGP and Advocate General will be resolved. Sidhu had on Tuesday resigned from the post of Congress’s Punjab unit president over differences over the appointment of “tainted” officials and ministers.
Expressed anger by releasing the video
Sidhu had publicly expressed his anger by releasing a video on Wednesday. Sources said that apart from Channi and Sidhu, senior Congress leader and central observer Harish Rawat, minister Pargat Singh and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee working president Kuljit Nagra were also present in the meeting. At present, no official statement has been issued regarding the meeting at Punjab Bhawan. Channi left Punjab Bhawan around 6 pm while Sidhu came out half an hour later. None of the party leaders spoke to the media on what happened in the meeting. Earlier in the day, Sidhu came to Chandigarh from Patiala to meet Chief Minister Channi. Channi had spoken to Sidhu on Wednesday and offered to resolve the problems through dialogue.
Sidhu raised questions on Channi’s appointments
Ahead of his meeting with Channi, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday hit out at the new Director General of Police (DGP) of the state and alleged that the DGP had implicated two young Sikhs in the sacrilege case and gave a clean chit to the members of the Badal family. . Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota, a senior IPS officer in the Channi government, has been given the additional charge of Director General of Punjab Police. Angered by the charge being given to Sahota, Sidhu resigned from the post of Congress’s Punjab unit president. Sahota was the head of a special investigation team set up in 2015 by the then Akali government to probe the incidents of sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib in Faridkot.
Amarinder said – he will not stay in Congress
In a clear indication of starting his new political innings, former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that he will no longer be in the Congress and will resign from the party as he cannot stay in a party where he is humiliated and will be punished. Don’t be believed At the same time, he also clarified that he will not join the BJP. After this announcement, the former Chief Minister also removed the mention of Congress from the introduction of his Twitter handle. Meanwhile, former state party president Sunil Jakhar on Thursday said that repeated attempts to dilute the authority of the Punjab chief minister should now be put to an end. His remarks came after Navjot Singh Sidhu announced that he would meet Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi here for talks.
Jakhar supported Channi
Jakhar also said that the “objections” being leveled on the selection of the state’s advocate general and state police chief are actually raising “questions on the integrity” of the chief minister. Jakhar tweeted, “Enough is enough. End attempts to undermine the powers of the Chief Minister time and again. The objections being raised on the selection of AGs and DGPs are to question the integrity/capacity of the Chief Minister and the Home Minister who have been brought in to deliver the results. Now is the time to stand firm and resolve the difficult situation.