Tribune News Service
New Delhi, February 8
Congress president Sonia Gandhi as we speak met former Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for about 25 minutes right here and is learnt to have reiterated the celebration’s provide of a state Cabinet berth for him or perhaps a central role if he wishes so.
The assembly, held at Sonia’s residence, was additionally attended by AICC normal secretary and in cost for Punjab affairs Harish Rawat and AICC normal secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal.
The presence of Venugopal was seen as a sign that the celebration excessive command wished to placate Sidhu with the provides of a state Cabinet berth or an organisational role or each.
Sidhu had sought the assembly a very long time in the past, but it surely had been delayed due to Sonia’s in poor health well being and farmers’ agitation.
Rawat has been publicly asserting that Sidhu can be duly accommodated with the latter even popping out blissful from a breakfast assembly with Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh in November final yr.
Sidhu has been eyeing the publish of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president at the moment held by Sunil Jakhar. The organisational chief’s place is vital within the Congress because the PPCC president has an enormous say within the distribution of tickets through the elections.
The effort on Sonia’s half as we speak appeared to be on breaking the extended impasse on the role of Sidhu within the Congress.
With the state elections slated in 2022, the celebration would need the stalemate to finish and a battle-ready organisation to be in place earlier than that.
Sidhu’s bargaining energy can also be restricted with the Congress showing to be the present beneficiary of the farmers’ agitation and AAP largely fragmented in Punjab.
Congress sources stated Sidhu may return to the state Cabinet and accept his individuals to be accommodated within the organisation which has been in a limbo since 2019. The assembly additionally signalled early prospects of a Punjab Cabinet and PPCC reshuffle.