Sidhu to take charge as Punjab Cong chief on Friday, to invite CM for event


As newly appointed Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and four other working presidents are set to imagine charge here on Friday, an invite will be extended to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for the event.

Sidhu will be taking over from incumbent state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar.

Sidhu and Amarinder Singh have been at loggerheads for the past some time, with the Amritsar (East) MLA recently attacking the CM over the desecration cases.

The chief minister was once also averse to his appointment as the state Congress chief. After Sidhu’s elevation, the CM had said that he may not meet him until the cricketer-turned-politician apologises for his “derogatory” tweets against him.

A party leader told reporters in Amritsar on Wednesday that the chief minister will be requested to grace the event.

Sources said that an invite is set to be extended to the chief minister on behalf of the newly appointed state unit chief and four working presidents.

Incharge of Punjab matters at the AICC, Harish Rawat, and other senior Congress leaders are expected to attend the event, sources said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had on Sunday appointed Sidhu as the new president of the party’s Punjab unit, however the strong opposition from Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Gandhi also appointed four working presidents, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel and Kuljit Singh Nagra, to assist Sidhu in the run-up to the next Meeting elections.

Earlier, the Punjab chief minister’s media adviser had said the CM will not meet Sidhu till he publicly tenders an apology for his “derogatory” tweets against him.

Nagra said they’ve requested AICC office-bearers, senior leaders of the Congress Party, including the chief minister and party workers, to attend the event.

They should reach the event to bless the new team. We request Jakhar sahab and Chief Minister sahab that they should attend, Nagra told reporters in Amritsar.

Sources said that Nagra is likely to meet Amarinder Singh on Thursday while formally inviting him for the Friday’s operate.

Earlier all through the day on Wednesday, in what was once seen as a show of strength, almost 60 Congress MLAs gathered at the residence of Sidhu in Amritsar, amid suspense over a conceivable truce between him and CM Amarinder Singh.

The Congress has 80 MLAs in the state Meeting.

Before going to Amritsar, Sidhu had been calling on ministers and legislators in Chandigarh to mobilise reinforce prior to now a couple of days.

Sidhu had already met several ministers and MLAs.

(Only the headline and picture of this outline may have been reworked by the Commerce Standard staff; the remainder of the satisfied is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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