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Punjab Congress Crisis: Navjot Singh Sidhu to meet Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra in Delhi today

The visit comes after a series of meetings between top Congress leaders and those from Punjab to resolve the ongoing infighting ahead of next year's Punjab Assembly polls.

June 29, 2021 / 10:07 AM IST

Disgruntled Congress leader from Punjab Navjot Singh Sidhu will meet party leader and former president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in New Delhi on June 29.

The visit comes after a series of meetings between top Congress leaders and those from Punjab to resolve the ongoing infighting ahead of next year's Punjab Assembly polls.

Cricketer-turned-politician, Sidhu, is at the centre of a raging rebellion in the ruling Punjab Congress, against chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

READ: Trouble in Congress’ Punjab unit is latest example of a weakening high command

In the past couple of weeks, Rahul Gandhi has been meeting leaders from Punjab at his New Delhi residence in a bid to resolve the crisis. Leaders including, Vijendra Singla, Rana Gurjit Singh, Rajya Sabha member of parliament (MP) Shamsher Singh Dhillon, and MLA Lakhvir Singh met Rahul Gandhi last week.

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Sidhu had joined the Congress after leaving the BJP before the 2017 assembly elections. He quit the Amarinder Singh cabinet in 2019 over the change in his portfolio. In the last five months, his attacks have been public, and even called the chief minister a liar.

Sidhu and Singh were involved in a war of words recently after a High Court order scrapped the report of a Special Investigation Team in the Guru Granth Sahib desecration case, and asked the state to set up a new team.

Also, read:Punjab politics | Navjot Singh Sidhu cannot be made deputy CM or state party chief, Amarinder Singh tells Congress panel

Earlier this month a three-member panel set up by party's interim chief Sonia Gandhi to resolve infighting had recommended that Amarinder Singh is fit to be the leader of the party in the state but Sidhu should also be given a key role.

Punjab is crucial for Congress because it is one of three states it rules. The other two states where the party is in power are Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

Congress won the 2017 Punjab assembly election by bagging 77 of the 117 seats. AAP won 20 and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) bagged 15 seats.



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