Navjot Singh Sidhu has been appointed as the chief of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.
The latest development comes as tension continues to simmer between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Kuljit Singh Nagra, Pawan Goel, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, and Sangat Singh Gilzian have been appointed as working presidents of PPCC.
As per the press release by the All India Congress Committee, the appointments will come into effect immediately.
The AICC statement further adds that Kuljit Singh Nagra has been relieved from his present responsibility as AICC in-charge of Sikkim, Nagaland, and Tripura.
Congress Party high command has reportedly tried to strike a caste and regional balance while appointing the four working presidents along with Sidhu. Kuljit Nagra and Pawan Goel are from Malwa region, while Sukhwinder Singh Danny is from Majha region, and Sangat Singh Gilzian is from Doaba region.
Notably, Captain Amarinder Singh’s men have been ignored in the new Punjab Congress unit. Leaders including Vijender Singh Singla, Manish Tiwari, Santosh chaudhari, and Dr Rajkumar Verka were not considered for working president posts.
POLITICAL LEADERS REACT TO SIDHU’S APPOINTMENT
Senior Congress leader Dr. Ashwani Kumar reacted to the elevation of Navjot Singh Sidhu as the new party chief of Punjab and said that the appointment should be “gracefully accepted.” He stressed on “reconciliation” as the way forward for the party.
Punjab Congress MLA Amarinder Singh Raja congratulated Navjot Singh Sidhu on becoming the state unit chief.
Meanwhile, BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya took a jibe at the Congress party over Sidhu’s appointment. Kailash Vijayvargiya tweeted, “The one who gave his most popular name ‘Pappu’ in the country @sherryontopp Congratulations on becoming the Punjab Congress State President… It is the same Sidhu who said that ‘Congress is more infamous than Munni’. What should we say, this story is theirs, that they should know that they should know.”
Here’s what has happened so far on Sunday:
CONGRESS MPs MEET PRATAP SINGH BAJWA
Nine out of 11 Punjab Congress MPs met at the residence of Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa on Sunday and discussed the current political situation in the state. The meeting came amid reports that Navjot Singh Sidhu could be made the party’s state unit chief by the high command.
The MPs, however, had said that the meeting was convened to discuss the issues to be raised in the upcoming monsoon session of Parliament that starts on Monday.
Pratap Singh Bajwa had added that he was not in the race for any position in the party. “Any decision taken by party president Sonia Gandhi will be acceptable to all,” Bajwa had told reporters when asked about the appointment of a new Pradesh Congress Committee chief.
“There are no differences within the Congress and issues are raised in any active party. The Congress will win the next assembly elections,” he said.
Pratap Singh Bajwa had further added that any internal matter of the party would be discussed within the organisation and not in the media.
CONGRESS MLAs COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF AMARINDER SINGH
Meanwhile, amid reports of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s elevation, ten Congress MLAs came out in support of Amarinder Singh on Sunday and urged the party high command not to let down the Punjab chief minister as he still remains the tallest leader among the masses and the state.
“Do not let down Captain Amarinder Singh, due to whose unrelenting efforts the party stands well entrenched in Punjab. There is no doubt that the appointment of state PPCC chief was the prerogative of the party high command, but at the same time, washing dirty linen in public has only decreased the party graph during the last couple of months,” the leaders said in an official statement.