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Suspense over Navjot Sidhu’s presence at Rahul Gandhi show

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Tribune News Service

Moga, October 3

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Sunil Jakhar today refused to comment on whether the "sulking" Congress MLA from Amritsar (East) Navjot Singh Sidhu will participate in Rahul Gandhi's tractor rallies or not, raising speculation over the party high command's efforts to put up a united show in the ongoing agitations on farm legislations.

Jakhar was at Badhni Kalan to preside over a meeting of the local MLAs to review the arrangements for Rahul's proposed rallies from Sunday.

Despite being asked whether Sidhu would participate in the rallies, he said the Congress was united in the state. He, however, fell short of confirming Sidhu's participation. CM Capt Amarinder Singh has extended an olive branch to Sidhu, saying he was welcome to join the Cabinet again.

AICC general secretary and Punjab affairs incharge Harish Rawat on Thursday had gone to Amritsar and held a meeting with Sidhu. Describing the meeting 'positive', Rawat said he had conveyed Rahul's message to him to participate in the tractor rallies. He was confident Sidhu would participate in these rallies.

Sidhu's participation in the tractor rallies was politically important within the Congress circles in the backdrop of organisational restructure of the PPCC, which was on cards. The party high command is likely to give a facelift to the organisational structure of the PPCC, including the state president's post. Sidhu's name, too, is doing the rounds for the post.

Another senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Partap Singh Bajwa has been at loggerheads with the CM over the performance of the state government. He is also eyeing the PPCC chief's post. His participation in the tractor rallies will send a positive message within the party.

from The Tribune

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