Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, at loggerheads with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, arrived at the Delhi residence of party's former president Rahul Gandhi on June 30.
Sidhu reached the Gandhi scion's home hours after he held a meeting with his sister and Congress' general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.A day earlier, Rahul Gandhi had denied scheduling any meeting with Sidhu, who is considered to have arrived in the national capital to register his grievances against Amarinder Singh.
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Sidhu, a former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, had joined the Congress ahead of the assembly polls in Punjab in 2017. In the government that was formed under Amarinder Singh's leadership, he was initially inducted as a state cabinet minister.
The cricketer-turned-politician resigned from the Punjab cabinet in July 2019, after the chief minister stripped him off key portfolios.Sidhu has emerged at the centre of party's current internal crisis in Punjab, as he has went public with his criticism of Amarinder Singh.
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, going to polls next year, 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.