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Congress top brass reaches out to ‘sulking’ leaders

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Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 16

Days ahead of announcing a new body of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), the party's central leadership is learnt to have intensified its efforts to reach out to senior Congress leaders and Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa.

Recently, AICC general secretary and Punjab affairs in charge Asha Kumari met Bajwa at the latter's Chandigarh residence, making an effort to bury the hatchet between him and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Bajwa has been regularly targeting the Chief Minister over the functioning of the Congress government.

Refusing to comment on his meeting with the Punjab affairs in charge, Bajwa said, "Before sending emissaries, the Chief Minister must fulfil the oath he took with a 'gutka' in hand of punishing those involved in sacrilege incidents and the subsequent police firing at Bargari and Kotkapura. There should be an immediate end to the mining mafia, excise mafia and cable mafia in the state. Those behind the excise revenue loss of Rs 2,700 crore in the past three years must be exposed."

The Chief Minister and Bajwa last met in January this year when the former had called a meeting of party MPs. Bajwa further said, "Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi should call a meeting of the CLP in Delhi and must interact with all MLAs to ascertain the ground reality."

Not just Bajwa, efforts are also on to rope in Navjot Singh Sidhu for an important role in the state party unit or in the Cabinet. After resigning from the Cabinet in July last year, Sidhu has been avoiding criticism of the Chief Minister while being active on the social media to remind people of all that he did during his tenure as a minister. The Chief Minister has already said Sidhu was very much a part of Congress and was always welcome to discuss issues with him.

Sources in the party said chances of Sidhu joining the Cabinet during the impending reshuffle were bleak. He, however, could be given a crucial role like the chairman of the party campaign committee as it is being felt that due to the anti-incumbency factor, the combo of the Chief Minister and Sidhu would help the party win the 2022 Assembly elections.



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