'Any decision acceptable': Amarinder Singh after meeting Harish Rawat
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh said on Saturday any decision taken by Congress president Sonia Gandhi would be “acceptable” to all, news agency PTI reported quoting a tweet by Singh’s media advisor Raveen Thukral. Singh’s remark was in connection with the likely elevation of disgruntled former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu as the president of the state Congress unit.
“Had a fruitful meeting with @harishrawatcmuk. Reiterated that any decision of @INCIndia President will be acceptable to all. Raised certain issues which he said he’ll take up with @INCIndia President,” Thukral tweeted quoting the chief minister as saying after meeting former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat, who is on the three-member panel formed by Gandhi to settle the dispute between Singh and Sidhu.
Rawat, who is also the Congress’ Punjab affairs in-charge, flew to Chandigarh at around 12 noon, from where he headed straight to Singh’s farmhouse in Mohali to meet him.
The meeting between Singh and Rawat took place on a day Sidhu met Sunil Jakhar, who currently heads the Punjab Congress. The Sidhu-Jakhar meet took place at the latter’s residence in Panchkula, where the former cricketer-turned-politician is reported to have sought Jakhar’s “guidance.”
On Friday, Singh wrote a letter to Gandhi, warning her against appointing Sidhu as Punjab Congress chief as this could have an “adverse impact” on the party’s prospects in the northern state, where assembly elections are likely to take place early next year.
Reportedly, the three-member committee suggested Sidhu be tasked with heading the state unit as a means to pacify him. Mallikarjun Kharge and JP Aggarwal are the other two members of the panel. In recent days, the two leaders have appeared before them to present their respective case.
In the 2017 punjab assembly elections, the Congress registered a thumping win, returning to power with 77 seats in the 117-member legislative assembly. It increased its tally from 46 in the 2012 polls, and also displaced the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance from power.