Navjot Singh Sidhu appointed Punjab Congress chief despite strong opposition by CM Amarinder Singh

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Navjot Singh Sidhu appointed President of Punjab Congress despite main opposition by CM Amarinder

Navjot Singh Sidhu was on Sunday appointed because the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee by Sonia Gandhi, despite a significant opposition by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Gandhi additionally appointed 4 working presidents to help Sidhu within the run-up to the following meeting elections.The appointments got here after days of inner squabbling and public bickering that just about divided the state unit between two factions owing allegiance to Singh and Sidhu.

Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel and Kuljit Singh Nagra have been made the working presidents of the state unit. 

“Congress President has appointed Navjot Singh Sidhu as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee with immediate effect. Congress President has also appointed following persons as working presidents of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee: Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel, Kuljit Singh Nagra,” an official launch learn. 

“The party appreciates the contributions of outgoing PCC president Sunil Jakhar,”the assertion stated.

Nagra, who was in-charge of occasion affairs in Sikkim, Nagaland and Tripura, has been relieved of his current obligations.

Earlier within the day, at the least 11 MLAs on Sunday got here out in help of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh whom they referred to as the “tallest leader of masses” and appealed to the occasion excessive command to not let him down. Meanwhile, cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu had additionally stepped up his efforts and reached out to extra occasion leaders and legislators for his or her help.

There have been a sequence of conferences in Chandigarh and elsewhere in Punjab, held by Singh and Sidhu individually, to work out final minute methods forward of the occasion revamp.

What does the choice imply

With the choice, the occasion management has clearly signalled to place its weight behind Sidhu whereas ignoring Amarinder Singh’s opposition. The management feels Sidhu can lead the occasion’s marketing campaign with contemporary power and enthusiasm and assist guarantee its victory within the upcoming meeting polls slated for early subsequent 12 months.

Sidhu’s capacity to drag crowds and launch a vigorous marketing campaign has labored in his favour because the occasion feels that infusing contemporary power within the occasion ranks is required at a time slackness has set in after four-and-half years in energy.

The help of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has additionally helped in Sidhu clinching the publish despite strong resistance.

The cricketer-turned-politician now faces the problem of uniting the occasion and bringing cohesion in its ranks, moreover profitable the belief of the outdated guard and veterans.

Chief Minister Singh is learnt to have advised Sonia Gandhi that he won’t meet Sidhu until he publicly apologises for his assaults on him within the latest previous.

Calls are being made by occasion veterans to unite the occasion forward of the meeting polls, else the AAP and the Akali Dal-BSP mix may upstage it. (With PTI inputs)

READ MORE: ‘Don’t let down Amarinder’: 10 Punjab MLAs urge Congress excessive command in joint letter

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