Who is the first in Punjab: Amarinder Singh or Sidhu?

For Bhadra chandran

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and PCC Chairman-elect Navjot Singh Sidhu disagree. With the Punjab elections looming next year, tensions between leaders are a headache for congressional leaders. Sidhu has been granted the presidency of the PCC, overcoming the opposition of the Chief Minister as if it were a compromise. Days later, the Chief Minister refused to approve Sidhu’s appointment as party chairman. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had sent a letter to Sonia Gandhi saying that the decision to make Navjot Sidhu president of the Punjab Congress was wrong. His warning was that the party would split when Sidhu arrived. He also informed the High Command in a letter that Sidhu’s work style could not control the state committee. In a letter to Sonia, Amarinder said that senior party workers did not want Sidhu to come. Meanwhile, Sidhu had met with Soni Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka to solve the problems in Punjab. Later, the High Command formed a special committee to resolve the Sidhu-Amarinder dispute. The committee had suggested that Sidhu should be included in the cabinet or appointed as the party’s state chairman to end the problems. It was after this that Sidhu came to power. From the very beginning of the political war in Punjab, Sidhu had publicly opposed many of the positions that had been formed within the Punjab Congress. Sidhu had also harshly criticized Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. This led to a fight between the two. Sidhu, who was a member of Amarinder’s cabinet, resigned in 2019 after a disagreement with the prime minister. Navjot Singh Sidhu had hinted that he would join the Aam Aadmi Party at the end of infighting within Congress. Sidhu tweeted that he knew who was really fighting for the state and that the Aam Aadmi Party was the party that had always recognized his actions. At the same time, the BJP was making arrangements to take him with them. All of this was a challenge to the leadership of Congress. The High Command is also considering initiating discussions on the cabinet shakeup of Amarinder Singh. But about a dozen members of the Congress of the Republic had written to the High Command not to replace Amarinder. Meanwhile, MLA Nirmal Singh Sutrana had said that no one would have any difficulty in making Sidhu president. Nirmal Singh also asked Sutrana Amarinder to congratulate Sidhu for fully accepting the High Command’s decision. Various media outlets have reported that Charanjit Channi and Gurpreet Kangar are likely to lose their wallets. Meanwhile, MLA Rajkumar Verka, Assembly Speaker Rana Singh and others are expected to join the cabinet, various media reports said. Although the leadership of Congress is doing its best to resolve issues within the party, it is concerned that things will get worse if the Chief Minister and Sidhu stagnate. It should also be noted that the Aam Aadmi Party remains a major force behind the takeover of the state. ****

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