Amid the ongoing tussle over power in Punjab Congress, the state chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday agreed to a Congress plan to promote rival Navjot Singh Sidhu as the party's state president. According to a NDTV report, the CM by agreeing the ruling party's decision with regards to Navjot Sidhu aims to end the political disturbance among the party in state.
However the CM said that Sidhu should be involved by the party leadership while taking important decisions and that Mr Sidhu's appointment should complement his efforts in helping the party come back to power in the next year's elections, sources told NDTV.
Captain Amarinder Singh's approval comes after after a meeting with Congress's Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat who flew in a helicopter from Delhi to meet the Chief Minister in Chandigarh. As per the report, Captain Singh agreed to accept any decision taken by party chief Sonia Gandhi.
The 79-year-old CM has also demanded that he be given a free hand in reshuffling his cabinet and in the appointment of working presidents under Mr Sidhu.
The rport further states, the compromise formula involves Mr Sidhu's elevation as Punjab Congress President and the appointment of three working presidents who will be picked by Captain Singh. The Chief Minister's cabinet will be expanded too and notably Hindus and Dalits and will be given priority.
The rift between Amarinder Singh and Navjot Sidhu happening since the Congress won the Punjab election in 2017, has shook the party's re-election bid next year. Mr Sidhu, who quit the BJP and joined the Congress just before the 2017 election, has been fighting for a bigger slice of power but so far, Mr Singh has been resistant to the idea.
Few days ago, Navjot Singh Sidhu had led speculations of him joining opposition party Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab as his tweet had left everyone quizzed. Navjot's tweet read, "Our opposition AAP has always recognised my vision and work for Punjab. Be it Before 2017- Beadbi, Drugs, Farmers Issues, Corruption and Power Crisis faced by People of Punjab raised by me or today as I present "Punjab Model" It is clear they know - who is really fighting for Punjab."
Mr Sidhu's tweet came after an old video clip that showed AAP leader Sanjay Singh praising him for quitting the BJP in 2017 and for raising his voice against the Akali Dal and the Badal family.