Amarinder meets Sonia to discuss Congress shake-up in Punjab

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:47 IST

In a sudden development, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday met former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh to discuss the possible organisational changes in the state unit.

Though Amarinder remained evasive over the outcome of the meeting, Congress sources said the former Punjab CM’s views were sought on some probable names to replace state unit chief Partap Singh Bajwa.

Party general secretary Ambika Soni, former Union minister Manish Tewari and senior leader Lal Singh are some of the names doing the rounds for the post.

“I have made known my views and it is up to them (Congress high command) to decide,” Amarinder said after the meeting.

HT had reported on August 29 that the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab has forced the Congress to work out a compromise formula to end the bitter internal row that was threatening to derail the party’s bid to dethrone the Akali Dal-BJP combine in 2017 assembly elections.

The proposal envisaged that Amarinder be given the party’s “overall command” that includes the charge of campaign committee for the polls and a leader “acceptable” to all the warring groups be appointed as the new Congress chief in Punjab.

This is the second meeting between Amarinder and Sonia to deliberate on the party’s plans in Punjab. He had last met Sonia and Rahul together on August 20.

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