Punjab Congress Infight: Ex-State Party President Partap Singh Bajwa Calls Meeting of Punjab MPs

A day earlier, Captain CM Amarinder Singh had met Sonia Gandhi's emissary Harish Rawat a day before. After the meeting, Rawat told media that the CM had raised certain issues and had also said that he would accept the decision of the Congress high-command.

Former State Party President Partap Singh Bajwa calls Punjab Mps meet in New Delhi (Source: Partap Singh Bajwa Twitter)

New Delhi: The rift in Punjab Congress took a new turn on Sunday after former State President Partap Singh Bajwa called a meeting of all Congress MPs from Punjab at his residence in Delhi today, reported ANI. Bajwa, a known adversary of the Punjab CM Amarinder Singh had met him on Saturday. The Congress leader has also recently dropped enough hints of having patched up with Singh.

The meeting comes after Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu who is currently in a tussle with Amarinder Singh met with around 30 sitting MLAs and ministers yesterday.

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Bajwa, also the former state Congress President has been at loggerheads with the CM for many years now and was one of the contenders for the top post ahead of the last assembly polls.

“We have invited all (Congress) MPs from Punjab for a meeting to devise a strategy on farmers’ issue & to discuss some issues related to the Congress party,” he added.

The reported meeting was seen as an attempt by the old guard of the Congress to join hands to fight against the rise of Sidhu.

Bajwa has however denied meeting the chief minister. The RS MP is said to be keen on returning to state politics by contesting the next assembly polls slated for 2023. Despite his denial, Bajwa hinted that he has no personal fight with Captain Amarinder Singh and they should fight together on all issues to win the upcoming assembly polls.

A power tussle in Punjab Congress is currently ongoing for over a month where Navjot Singh Sidhu openly rebelled against the state government by criticising the electricity cataclysm in the state. Ahead of the assembly polls next year, Congress leadership has been trying their best to find a solution to the rift.

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The CM had also written a letter to Sonia Gandhi in which he expressed his apprehensions about the possible appointment of Navjot Singh Sidhu as state party chief.

Sidhu who joined Congress in 2017 is not keen on being added to the government as the Deputy Chief Minister but wants the post of state party president which is currently held by Sunil Jhakar, a known Amarinder loyalist.

With inputs from ANI