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Congress President Sonia Gandhi Appoints Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress President Haji Mudassar Patel congratulates Sidhu

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi Appoints Navjot Singh Sidhu as Punjab Congress President Haji Mudassar Patel congratulates Sidhu
File picture of Haji Mudassar Patel with Navjot S Sidhu.

Mumbai: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday appointed Navjot Sidhu as President of the
Punjab Congress. Haji Mudassar Patel had congratulated Sidhu on his appointment.

” Mr Sidhu Ji is very hard worker, a Mass appeal leader and am sure under his leadership congress will grow more and will  become more powerful in Punjab, I know Sidhuji personally very down to earth and kind hearted person my best wishes to him “said Mudassar Patel senior Congress leader of Mumbai Congress. 

The appointment of Navjot Sidhu comes after almost a month of pandemonium and friction in the state Congress unit, with Sidhu’s charge against Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, over “unkept promises” by the Punjab Government.

Earlier Sidhu had cleared his discontentedness over the possible appointment to the position of Chief of Punjab Congress.

Reportedly, the party also announced the appointment of four working Presidents, including Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel and Kuljit Singh Nagra for the Punjab unit.

Notably, Sidhu’s appointment comes following weeks of meetings between the central leadership and the two leaders Sidhu and Amarinder Singh who both met the central leadership separately.

With the possibility of Sidhu’s appointment already being apprehended by many in the party, Sidhu met various party MLAs in Patiala, ahead of Pratap Singh Bajwa’s meet with CM on Saturday evening. This was for organised meetings on Sunday of all Punjab Congress MPs in Delhi, to gather support to pushback against Sidhu’s elevation.

Earlier on Friday, Sidhu had a meeting with the Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence in New Delhi, indicating his possible appointment as PCC chief.

However, on that very day, CM Singh had written to Gandhi expressing his opposition to Sidhu becoming Punjab Congress Chief. CM Singh and his camp in the Punjab state unit have maintained that the PCC chief should be a Hindu, in order to not alienate the Hindu community of the state. Both Sidhu and CM Singh are Jat Sikhs.

On Saturday, Congress’ Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat had also met CM Singh, to try and placate his apprehensions. The CM reiterated his earlier stand that he will go with the Congress President’s decision.
Meanwhile, Rawat had affirmed that this is a huge development in the Congress.

The tussle between the two leaders kick-started when Sidhu publicly spoke against CM Singh, alleging that he had failed to deliver his promises to the people.

Sidhu has alleged that the Amarinder Singh-led government hasn’t acted against the drug racketeers or the sand and transport mafia, allegedly operating in the state. He has also accused Singh of failing to provide free power and electricity to urban households, or scrap the “wrongful” power purchase agreements.

Perhaps the most important issue is that of the Bargari sacrilege case of 2015. Sidhu has accused the CM of being “weak” on the case, and not presenting the special investigation team’s findings clearly.

News Edit by K.V.Raman

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