The Congress appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu because the president of its Punjab unit on Sunday after days of intense tussle within the state the place the chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh resisted the elevation.

The occasion additionally introduced the appointment of 4 working presidents, Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel and Kuljit Singh Nagra, which paves the best way for a major revamp of the organisational set-up disbanded by the Congress president in January 2020. The state is scheduled to go to the polls early subsequent yr.

“Congress president has appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the president of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect,” based on an announcement by the All India Congress Committee. “The party appreciates the contributions of outgoing PCC president Sunil Jakhar,” it added.

The announcement got here on the finish of a day stuffed with hectic political exercise that noticed the factions led by Singh and Sidhu holding conferences with supporters to consolidate their positions. The incumbent Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar referred to as a gathering of occasion legislators and district unit chiefs on Monday to attract up a decision for an answer however the assembly was referred to as off following the formal announcement.

According to an individual conscious of the developments, it isn’t clear whether or not the announcement addresses the factionalism and a few within the occasion concern the rift might widen as Singh continues to be upset with Sidhu, who has attacked the chief minister on a number of events.

Congress leaders conscious of discussions on Saturday indicated {that a} compromise formulation had been labored out but it surely included a public apology that Singh sought from Sidhu for his assaults. Till late Sunday, there was no apology that was made.

Singh had advised Congress chief Harish Rawat, who was in Chandigarh to tell him concerning the modifications, that any choice of the Congress president can be acceptable to him, however refused to satisfy Sidhu until he tendered the apology.

The day started with Sidhu assembly almost 30 occasion leaders. Earlier on Saturday, he visited a number of districts and reached out to MLAs in Patiala, Khanna and Jalandhar to display the assist he was shoring up. He had additionally met Jakhar in Panchkula and sought his assist and steering.

A former cricketer-turned-politician, Sidhu, a four-time MP, joined the Congress from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) earlier than the 2017 state meeting polls. He was inducted into the state cupboard however shared an uneasy relation with the CM, which ultimately culminated in him quitting after Singh shuffled his portfolio in 2019.

The CM had opposed his elevation, citing his lack of seniority within the Congress and neighborhood equations as each are Jat Sikhs and belong to Patiala. The appointment of the working presidents is seen to have aimed toward addressing a few of these objections.

Earlier on Sunday in Delhi, 11 Congress leaders from the state held a gathering and determined to again the CM and sought a gathering with occasion president Sonia Gandhi to push their case, mentioned individuals conscious of the developments.

The Congress MPs met on the residence of Partap Singh Bajwa, who had earlier met with the CM for dinner at his farmhouse in Mohali on Saturday. They had variations earlier over the Rajya Sabha MP questioning the CM’s selections, particularly the ability buy agreements, slightly publicly however have now buried the hatchet.

Barring Ambika Soni and Amar Singh, all the opposite Punjab MPs had been current on the assembly in Bajwa’s residence, together with Amarinder Singh’s MP spouse, Preneet Kaur. Bajwa later took to microblogging platform Twitter to share pictures of the assembly. “Discussion with @INCIndia Rajya Sabha & Lok Sabha MPs from Punjab to devise a strategy on farmers’ issues in upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament,” Bajwa tweeted, with out mentioning the problem of dissidence within the Punjab Congress.

Rajya Sabha MP Shamsher Singh Dullo, who attended the assembly, mentioned there are plenty of issues happening within the state. “We have informed the Congress president and sought time from her for a discussion on Punjab Congress affairs and other burning issues. I spoke to her and have sent a letter to her today, saying that if the party wants to retain power, a Dalit should head the state unit,” he mentioned.

Dullo mentioned they don’t seem to be against anybody however need the occasion to take care of caste and spiritual stability. Apart from the MPs, 10 Punjab MLAs, together with three AAP legislators who switched to the Congress final month, additionally issued a joint assertion in CM’s assist, urging the Congress management to not let him down as “because of his unrelenting efforts, the party stands well entrenched in Punjab”.

In an announcement launched on behalf of the MLAs by Sukhpal Singh Khaira, who’s among the many three crossover legislators however continues to be not a member of the Congress Legislature Party, Sidhu was described as a celeb and an asset however who, by condemning and criticising his personal occasion and authorities in public, has solely created a “rift in the cadres and weakened it”.

Other MLAs who endorsed the assertion had been Harminder Singh Gill, Kuldeep Vaid, Fatehjang Bajwa, Gurpreet Singh GP, Balwinder Laddi, Santokh Bhalaipur, Joginder Pal, Jagdev Kamalu and Pirmal Singh. They additionally supported Amarinder Singh’s choice to not meet Sidhu till he publicly tenders apology for his “derogatory” tweets in opposition to him.

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