Congress panel on Punjab meets party MLAs, Sidhu to attend meeting tomorrow in Delhi
The panel constituted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to resolve differences among its leaders in Punjab Congress held its first meeting on Monday with 25 MLAs at the party's 'war room' at 15, Gurdwara Rakabganj road in the national capital (GRG).
By Archana Prasad The panel constituted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to resolve differences among its leaders in Punjab Congress held its first meeting on Monday with 25 MLAs at the party's 'war room' at 15, Gurdwara Rakabganj road in the national capital (GRG).
Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to attend the meeting tomorrow to put forth his viewpoint. The panel is seeking to resolve the row between Sidhu and Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh ahead of next year's assembly polls in the state. Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar said later that the meeting was for 'manthan'. "It's not about an individual but Punjab and Congress. Meetings will take for at least three days. MLAs, MPs and senior leaders will meet during this time and see how to strengthen the party."
Jakhar told the media that the issue will be resolved soon and that everyone is expressed their opinion in the meeting. "Few people try to find opportunities among hardships, they shall also be exposed. Those who had backstabbed that will be accounted for also so that the party can benefit and contest the upcoming elections unitedly."
Panel member JP Aggarwal said there are no differences. "Today we have talked to 25 MLAs. There are no differences. There was no talk on the leadership of Captain Amarinder Singh. Everyone has said their point. There are small issues to be resolved. We will give our report. Tomorrow (June 1), Navjot Singh Sidhu will come," he said. Party leader Rahul Gandhi also spoke with many of Congress MLAs over the phone, sources said.
Party leader Harish Rawat, also a member of the panel, said that 28 party leaders met today including the Pradesh Congress Committee President. He also said they will be meeting 30 people in tomorrow's session, "Everyone insisted that there should be unity in the party. MLAs also talked about the 'beadbi' case", he added.
He said Captain Amarinder Singh, who has a constitutional post, has been asked to come whenever was possible for him. Sidhu had on May 21 targeted the Punjab Chief Minister over the 2015 sacrilegious incidents involving Guru Granth Sahib and the killing of two people in police firing.
The Punjab Chief Minister had said that indiscipline would not be tolerated in the party at any cost and that if Sidhu wanted to contest against him then he is free to do so, but that would only lead to Sidhu meeting the fate of General JJ Singh who lost his security deposit in the election. He had also asked Sidhu to clearly spell out whether he is a member of the Congress party or not.
Responding to Amarinder Singh's remarks, Sidhu had said that he was only "fighting for justice". "Efforts to derail Punjab's conscience will fail ... my soul is Punjab, and Punjab's soul is Guru Granth Sahib Ji. Our fight is for justice and punishing the guilty. An assembly seat is not even worth discussion in the same breath!" Sidhu had said in a tweet. (ANI)
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