Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is predicted to satisfy former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu over lunch on Wednesday, amid speculations that the cricketer-turned-politician may be given an vital position forward of the 2022 state polls, official sources mentioned. This would be the second luncheon assembly between the leaders. The primary such assembly had taken place in November final 12 months, seen as step one to interrupt the ice between the 2 sides. Singh had then mentioned that he and Sidhu would proceed to have cordial conferences.
One other assembly between the 2 leaders assumes significance because the Congress central management has been making an attempt to rehabilitate Sidhu who had resigned as minister after he was divested of the Native Our bodies portfolio in 2019.
Congress chief and Punjab affairs in-charge Harish Rawat has been pushing for an vital place for Sidhu.
Rawat had met Sidhu on March 10. After the assembly, Sidhu had mentioned, “Was summoned by Harish Rawat ji. Had a cordial assembly.”
For the previous a number of weeks, occasion circles have been abuzz with the hypothesis that Sidhu could possibly be re-inducted into the state cupboard with some key portfolios. There have additionally been talks of the potential of appointing him as occasion state unit president.
Notably, each leaders had not been on the most effective of phrases. The strain between Singh and Sidhu had come out within the open in Might 2019 when the CM blamed the previous cricketer for “inept dealing with” of the Native Authorities Division, claiming it had resulted in “poor efficiency” of the Congress in city areas within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Sidhu was stripped of key portfolios in a cupboard reshuffle, after which he resigned from the state cupboard.
(With PTI inputs)