News Desk, Amar Ujala, Chandigarh
Published by: Nivedita Verma
Updated Wed, 21 Jul 2021 11:30 AM IST
Amidst the activities of the new party chief, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has been tracking the pulse of the party’s conservative leaders. The old veteran leaders of the party are still with the Captain and are silent on Sidhu’s appointment. Captain’s next step will be decided only after strategy from veteran leaders.
MLAs gathered at Navjot Sidhu’s house in Amritsar.
– Photo : ANI
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Amidst the ruckus in the Punjab Congress, the newly appointed President of the party Navjot Singh Sidhu has called the first meeting in Amritsar on Wednesday. According to Sidhu’s staff, 62 MLAs have reached Sidhu’s house.
About 62 MLAs arrive at Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu’s residence in Amritsar: Sidhu’s Office pic.twitter.com/G03RiYcNSy
— ANI (@ANI) July 21, 2021
Earlier on Tuesday, Sidhu remained involved in his campaign of reconciliation with Congress ministers, MLAs and senior leaders of the state for the fourth consecutive day. The effect of this campaign is that MLA Rajkumar Verka, who came to support him at Captain’s residence on Monday, appeared with Sidhu in Amritsar on Tuesday. In such a situation, the number of supporters in the camp of Captain seems to be decreasing. Most of the ministers and MLAs of the state are now justifying the decision of the high command on the appointment of Sidhu. However, the party’s veteran Taksali leader is still silent. He has not commented on Sidhu’s appointment.
In the last four days, Sidhu’s agitation and Captain’s silence have made it clear that the Congress has been torn apart in Punjab. While Sidhu is trying to unite the entire party in his favor, the Captain is not ready to accept the decision of the high command at any cost till the condition of apology is fulfilled. There has also been no change in Siddha’s attitude towards Capt. Sidhu has neither met the captain till now nor has he mentioned the captain on any occasion. At the same time, many discussions have started in the political circles regarding the silence of the Captain, because the command of the Congress government in Punjab and the command of the legislature party is in his hands.
On Tuesday, MLA Pargat Singh, who was closest to Sidhu, has issued a statement making it clear that Sidhu does not need to apologize. Captain himself should apologize to the people of Punjab for not fulfilling his promises. Although there has been no statement from Navjot Sidhu regarding the apology, but it is believed that Sidhu will have to bow down to reconciliation between the party and the government and given the stature of the Captain.