Chandigarh/New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday met with Congress Interim Chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi. After the meeting, Amarinder said that he is ready to follow Sonia Gandhi’s decision and is geared up for upcoming elections.
“I had come to meet the Congress president, discussed internal matters of the party, Punjab development issue. Whatever decision she takes as far as Punjab is concerned, we are ready for it. We are totally geared up for the upcoming elections, ” said Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
When asked about infight in Punjab Congress and Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Chief Minister declined to comment on the issue and added that his meeting was to strengthen his party for the upcoming polls in 2022.
“I don’t want to comment on Sidhu, I have come here to strengthen the party, ” he added.
Before the meeting, Punjab Congress MLA Raj Kumar Verka had hinted that the meeting was to discuss the 2022 elections and reshuffling cabinet in the state.
“Discussions about reshuffling the cabinet or reshuffling in State Congress will be addressed. We will work towards achieving our goal of 2022 elections, ” said Raj Kumar Verka, Punjab Congress MLA earlier today.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge had also reached Sonia Gandhi’s residence ahead of her meeting with Captain Singh on Tuesday.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s visit to Delhi to meet party president Sonia Gandhi, amid reports of factionalism in the Punjab Congress, had assumed significance as the party high command has been trying to resolve the internal rift in the Punjab unit of the Congress and there is talk of its revamp, with just months to go for the assembly polls.
Singh left for the national capital in a chopper from Chandigarh at around 11 am. He met with Sonia Gandhi later in the day, according to PTI sources.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been at loggerheads with the chief minister, 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.
There has been some speculation that Sidhu may get an important role in the planned revamp.
A few days ago, Sidhu had met Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Delhi.
On June 22, Singh had appeared before a three-member AICC panel headed by Mallikarjun Kharge, set up to resolve the infighting in the Punjab Congress.
But he returned to Chandigarh without an audience with either Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi.
The panel had then asked Singh to deliver on 18 pending promises, including on the 2015 sacrilege issue and power purchase agreements signed by the previous government.
The panel had earlier met other party leaders and submitted a report to the party high command.
Rahul Gandhi has also met several party leaders, including legislators from Punjab, for their views on what is needed to strengthen the party ahead of the assembly polls.
On June 23, AICC general secretary and party’s Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat had said Sonia Gandhi would resolve all issues related to the state unit by early July and a united party would fight the next assembly elections.
(With Inputs from PTI and ANI)