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Punjab Congress Crisis: Sonia Gandhi Yet to Take a Decision, Says Harish Rawat

Earlier today, Sidhu met Gandhi amid speculation that he could be appointed Punjab Congress chief.

Harish Rawat, Congress general secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs. (ANI Photo)

New Delhi: Amid the intensifying infighting in the Punjab Congress, party leader Harish Rawat said on Friday said that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is yet to take a decision regarding proposed changes in the party.

Rawat said this after a meeting with Sonia Gandhi where party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu was also present.

“I came here to submit my note to the party president. As soon as I get to know about her decision regarding Punjab Congress, I will let you (media) all know,” Rawat said. “How can I have any information regarding Punjab when the Congress’ high command yet to take any decision?” he added.

Earlier today, Sidhu met Gandhi amid speculation that he could be appointed Punjab Congress chief. Congress leadership has been making efforts to find a solution to the rift in the party’s Punjab unit ahead of assembly polls earlier next year.

Rawat had so far maintained that the central leadership was working out a peace formula where both Singh and Sidhu could work together to help the party win in the Punjab Assembly polls next year.

Both the leaders are at loggerheads with each other and have made public statements against each other. Sidhu has been attacking him on issues like the alleged delay in the completion of a probe into the 2015 desecration of Sikh texts and the subsequent police firing on protesters. While Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has expressed his displeasure over Sidhu’s probable appointment as party unit chief.

Both have met Sonia Gandhi so far. Friction between them has begun creating issues among senior leaders of the party. Notably, both Singh and Sidhu have held parallel meetings in Chandigarh with their loyalists.

While the chief minister has met some party MPs, MLAs and ministers, Sidhu is learnt to have met Punjab ministers Sukhjinder Randhawa and Tript Rajinder Bajwa, and some MLAs close to him at Randhawa’s residence.

On Friday, senior party leader Manish Tewari stirred another row, demanding a Hindu face for the post. Tewari gave details of the composition of the state’s population, and hinted that both Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu are Jat Sikhs.

(With inputs from ANI)

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