After sparking speculation post depature from his residence in Patiala, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is being seen as a successor to Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, met Punjab party chief Sunil Jakhar in Panchkula, barely 11 km from Chandigarh, where state AICC in-charge Harish Rawat’s landed
Pictures of the two leaders hugging each other surfaced on social media. Though it is yet not clear if Sidhu would meet the AICC in-charge of Punjab too.
The meeting comes after Rawat recently quoted in media as saying that the cricketer-turned-politician could be made the party president and a peace formula to ensure that he and the chief minister were on the same page had been worked out.
Rawat’s remark, however, turned up political heat, he took a subtle U-turn after meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “I didn’t say that Sidhu was becoming president. I was asked if he was, and I had said that a decision was being taken around what you are saying,” he said.
CM Amarinder, meanwhile, has opposed Sidhu’s promotion as the party chief with warnings to the party of chaos, terming him as unpredictable and unreliable.
According to the chief minister, the Amritsar MLA’s working style would hurt the Congress. “Old party members will be angry, and the Congress will be split due to this,” he said in a letter to Gandhi.