Former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday met Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi and held another round of discussions over restructuring of the state unit amid indications that he might lead the party’s fight in the 2017 assembly elections.
According to sources, Amarinder is learnt to have discussed the restructured Punjab team with Rahul and the role to be assigned to each of the leaders in the state. The meeting lasted around half an hour. If approved, Amarinder will replace Bajwa, who had earlier replaced him after the last assembly poll debacle.
Amarinder has been seeking Bajwa’s ouster saying he has failed to take along the various sections of the party together and senior leaders have indulged in an open spat. The Congress is keen to restructure its Punjab unit ahead of 2017 assembly elections and put up a united face in the state after it lost at the hands of the Akali-BJP combine twice in a row.
Sources said the Congress leadership is in the process of giving final touches to the new restructured Punjab unit which will have a role for every senior leader and representation to all sections of society. The Congress high command will soon declare its new set up in Punjab and modalities are being worked out. The role of Bajwa is also being ascertained.