Amid rift in Punjab Congress, PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar to hold urgent meeting on Monday

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Sunday, July 18, 2021, 03:32 PM IST
article-image
ANI

Amid intense tussle in the Punjab Congress, PPCC chief Sunil Jakhar has called an urgent meeting of 80 MLAs and 23 district presidents at Chandigarh on Monday.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sunil Jakhar is holding the meeting ahead of the likely revamp of the state unit.

In a statement here on Sunday, Jakhar said in the meeting, all the MLAs and district presidents would pass a resolution stating that whatever decision the party high command takes regarding Punjab, would be acceptable to the entire state unit. This resolution will then be sent to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, he added.

The meeting comes a day after the Punjab Congress chief met Navjot Singh Sidhu amid mounting speculation over whether the party will appoint the cricketer-turned-politician as the next head of its state unit.

After the meeting with Jakhar, which lasted more than half-an-hour, Sidhu said he is his elder brother and a guiding force. Jakhar, in turn, described Sidhu as a capable man.

After meeting Jakhar, Sidhu met other party leaders, including some ministers, in Chandigarh.

He reached out to Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu and senior party leader Lal Singh, who are considered close to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Sidhu also met Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and MLAs Barindermeet Singh Pahra, Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, Kulbir Singh Zira and Davinder Singh Ghubaya.

The meetings come in the backdrop of simmering tensions in the Punjab Congress following differences between Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Sidhu.

(With agency inputs)

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

NMC scheme not popular as Ukraine returnee Indian students worry about costs, year back, and more

NMC scheme not popular as Ukraine returnee Indian students worry about costs, year back, and more

Gujarat: Shankersinh Vaghela inches closer to Congress via Vipul Chaudhary

Gujarat: Shankersinh Vaghela inches closer to Congress via Vipul Chaudhary

Punjab: AAP wins trust vote with thumping majority; Cong, BJP abstain

Punjab: AAP wins trust vote with thumping majority; Cong, BJP abstain

In a major reshuffle, Chhattisgarh govt transfers 13 IAS, 6 IPS and 20 SAS officers

In a major reshuffle, Chhattisgarh govt transfers 13 IAS, 6 IPS and 20 SAS officers

West Bengal: Political leaders blend in with citizens to celebrate Durga puja

West Bengal: Political leaders blend in with citizens to celebrate Durga puja