In what’s seen as a present of energy, almost 60 Congress MLAs gathered on the residence of latest state occasion chief Navjot Singh Sidhu right here on Wednesday, amid a suspense over a doable truce between him and CM Amarinder Singh.
The Congress has 80 MLAs within the state Meeting.
Sidhu and Amarinder Singh have been at loggerheads for the previous a while, with the Amritsar (East) MLA lately attacking the CM over the desecration instances.
The chief minister was additionally averse to his appointment because the state Congress chief. After Sidhu’s elevation, the CM had mentioned that he received’t meet him till the cricketer-turned-politician apologises for his “derogatory” tweets towards him.
Among the many ministers who reached right here had been Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Charanjit Singh Channi and Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria moreover outgoing state unit chief Sunil Jakhar.
About 62 MLAs arrive at Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu’s residence in Amritsar: Sidhu’s Workplace (Photograph ANI)
The MLAs joined by Sidhu boarded luxurious buses and went to pay obeisance on the Golden Temple, the place a lot of Congress supporters gathered.
In addition they went to the Durgiana temple and Ram Tirath Sthal right here.
After paying obeisance on the Golden temple, Jakhar instructed reporters, “We sought blessings for a affluent Punjab, wherein all of us contribute collectively.”
On Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s stance that he won’t meet Sidhu until he publicly tenders an apology, some MLAs mentioned there was no want for it.
Minister Randhawa, who was behind organising issues right here, instructed reporters he was shocked on the ‘behaviour’ of the chief minister.
Sidhu’s elevation as state unit chief needs to be revered and accepted by all, no matter no matter variations there might need been prior to now, he mentioned.
Randhawa mentioned even senior chief Partap Singh Bajwa and Sukhpal Singh Khaira earlier had been at loggerheads with Amarinder Singh however now they’ve sunk their variations.
“Why can’t the chief minister sink his variations with Sidhu,” Randhawa requested.
MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra mentioned Sidhu will formally assume the cost of the state occasion chief at Chandigarh on Friday and expects the chief minister to be current on the occasion.
Amrinder Singh Raja Warring mentioned, “I believe at this stage, leaders shouldn’t ask one another to apologise.”
Pargat Singh additionally mentioned there was no want for Sidhu to apologise.
“I’ve at all times mentioned it can’t be a combat between personalities. The combat was about points,” mentioned Pargat, a former India hockey captain.
On Tuesday, scores of Congress staff and Sidhu supporters had accorded a heat welcome to Sidhu when he arrived right here after being appointed the state occasion chief.
The occasion staff have put up posters of Sidhu at many locations within the metropolis.
The Congress has 80 MLAs within the state Meeting(Photograph :ANI)
Some occasion MLAs and supporters right here claimed that just about 60 legislators reached right here after they had been requested by Sidhu to succeed in Amritsar for paying obeisance on the Golden temple and different shrines.
MLA Madan Lal Jalalpur instructed reporters, “The 2022 elections might be received by the Congress in Sidhu’s title and due to him. Immediately, whole Punjab needs him.”
“There’s nice enthusiasm amongst occasion staff after Sidhu’s elevation. Our vote share will definitely go up,” he mentioned.
On variations between Sidhu and Amarinder Singh, Jalalpur mentioned, “The chief minister ought to welcome Sidhu with open arms. The chief minister additionally met Pratap Singh Bajwa who had been talking towards him. However Amarinder Singh’s advisers should not guiding him correctly.”
On Tuesday, the Punjab chief minister’s media adviser had trashed media stories that Sidhu had sought time to satisfy Amarinder Singh.
The media adviser additionally mentioned there was no change in stance, asserting that the CM won’t meet Sidhu until he publicly tenders an apology for his ‘derogatory’ tweets towards him.
Nevertheless, Jalalpur mentioned there was no want for Sidhu to apologise, saying he’s now the president of the state Congress.
“Why ought to he apologise. It’s proper that he ought to respect and he respects the chief minister however for what ought to he apologise,” requested Jalalpur.
There was no response from the CM over Sidhu’s elevation because the state Congress chief.
Earlier, senior Congress chief and cupboard minister Brahm Mahindra had dominated out any private assembly with Sidhu until he resolves his points with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
Earlier than going to Amritsar, Sidhu had been calling on ministers and legislators in Chandigarh to mobilise help prior to now few days.
Sidhu had already met a number of ministers and MLAs.
After taking up because the state unit chief of the Congress, Sidhu had talked in regards to the Punjab mannequin, saying it’s going to make the state affluent once more.
“An 18-point programme given by the Congress excessive command will make each Punjabi a shareholder and the facility given by the folks be returned within the form of growth,” he had mentioned.