Navjot Singh Sidhu was on Sunday appointed because the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee by Sonia Gandhi, regardless of 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 because the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee with quick impact. Congress President has additionally appointed following individuals as working presidents of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee: Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel, Kuljit Singh Nagra,” an official launch learn.
“The celebration appreciates the contributions of outgoing PCC president Sunil Jakhar,”the assertion mentioned.
Nagra, who was in-charge of celebration affairs in Sikkim, Nagaland and Tripura, has been relieved of his current obligations.
Earlier within the day, no less than 11 MLAs on Sunday got here out in help of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh whom they referred to as the “tallest chief of plenty” and appealed to the celebration excessive command to not let him down. Meanwhile, cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu had additionally stepped up his efforts and reached out to extra celebration 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 celebration revamp.
PARTY LEADERSHIP PUTS ITS WEIGHT BEHIND SIDHU
With the choice, the celebration management has clearly signalled to place its weight behind Sidhu whereas ignoring Amarinder Singh’s opposition. The management feels Sidhu can lead the celebration’s marketing campaign with recent vitality and enthusiasm and assist guarantee its victory within the upcoming meeting polls slated for early subsequent yr.
Sidhu’s means to drag crowds and launch a vigorous marketing campaign has labored in his favour because the celebration feels that infusing recent vitality within the celebration 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 put up regardless of robust resistance.
The cricketer-turned-politician now faces the problem of uniting the celebration and bringing cohesion in its ranks, apart from profitable the belief of the previous guard and veterans.
Chief Minister Singh is learnt to have informed Sonia Gandhi that he won’t meet Sidhu until he publicly apologises for his assaults on him within the current previous.
Calls are being made by celebration veterans to unite the celebration forward of the meeting polls, else the AAP and the Akali Dal-BSP mix may upstage it. (With PTI inputs)
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