Navjot Singh Sidhu designated Punjab Congress chief despite strong opposition by CM Amarinder Singh

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Image Source: PTI/FILE IMAGE Navjot Singh Sidhu selected President of Punjab Congress despite major opposition by CM Amarinder

Navjot Singh Sidhu was on Sunday appointed as the President of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee by Sonia Gandhi, in spite of a major opposition by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Gandhi also selected four working presidents to assist Sidhu in the run-up to the next assembly elections.The visits followed days of internal squabbling and public bickering that practically divided the state unit in between two factions owing obligation to Singh and Sidhu.

Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel and Kuljit Singh Nagra were made the working presidents of the state system.

“Congress President has selected Navjot Singh Sidhu as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee with instant result. Congress President has actually likewise selected following individuals as working presidents of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee: Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel, Kuljit Singh Nagra,” an official release read.

“The party values the contributions of outgoing PCC president Sunil Jakhar,”the statement said.

Nagra, who was in-charge of celebration affairs in Sikkim, Nagaland and Tripura, has actually been eased of his present responsibilities.

Earlier in the day, a minimum of 11 MLAs on Sunday came out in support of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh whom they called the “tallest leader of masses” and attracted the celebration high command not to let him down. On the other hand, cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu had likewise stepped up his efforts and connected to more party leaders and legislators for their support.

There have actually been a series of conferences in Chandigarh and elsewhere in Punjab, held by Singh and Sidhu individually, to work out last minute techniques ahead of the celebration revamp.


With the choice, the party leadership has actually clearly signalled to put its weight behind Sidhu while ignoring Amarinder Singh’s opposition. The leadership feels Sidhu can lead the party’s campaign with fresh energy and enthusiasm and aid ensure its victory in the upcoming assembly polls slated for early next year.

Sidhu’s capability to pull crowds and launch an energetic project has actually worked in his favour as the party feels that instilling fresh energy in the celebration ranks is required at a time slackness has set in after four-and-half years in power.

The support of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has likewise helped in Sidhu clinching the post despite strong resistance.

The cricketer-turned-politician now faces the obstacle of unifying the celebration and bringing cohesion in its ranks, besides winning the trust of the old guard and veterans.

Chief Minister Singh is learnt to have told Sonia Gandhi that he will not fulfill Sidhu till he publicly apologises for his attacks on him in the current past.

Calls are being made by party veterans to unite the celebration ahead of the assembly surveys, else the AAP and the Akali Dal-BSP combine might upstage it. (With PTI inputs)

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Published at Sun, 18 Jul 2021 11:08:52 -0500